Authored Works[ edit ] Cur Deus Homo? After seminary, Jenson taught in the department of religion and philosophy at Luther College from tobefore moving to Heidelberg for doctoral studies in As a young theologian, my first substantial encounter with Jens was a debate conducted in the early s on the morality of nuclear deterrence.
From toJenson was thus left with the task of helping to rebuild an entire religion department, and he became especially involved in the development of a new philosophy department.
He was joined in Northfield by his friend Carl Braatenand together they founded the conservative Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology  in Denominational Lutherans regarded him as a traitor to true-blue Lutheranism.
Braaten Jews and Christians: I understand the general theme of the collection is "of culture," but Jenson gives us virtually no authentic Biblical basis for anything he says, and thus no authority for any culture-related commentary.
Critical Essay Robert Jenson and the God of the gospel With the critical knife of a theology of the cross, Jens sought to cut through modern fogs of religiosity.
Braaten The Last Things: Jens was a Lutheran theologian but not of the wagon-circling type. Since theology is thinking about the living God of the gospel, whom we can identify but Jenson essays in theology of culture capture, theology must ever start afresh, until the promised consummation.
Braaten The Two Cities of God: September 14, Robert W. Student years[ edit ] Jenson studied classics and philosophy at Luther College in the late s, before beginning theological studies at Luther Seminary in That is not an exact quotation, nor is it the main thesis of the essay, but it is a significant undercurrent.
A version of this article appears in the print edition with the title "Seeing the God of the gospel. Even more significantly, at Heidelberg he became friends with another young Lutheran scholar, Carl Braatenwho would later become his "chief theological companion"  and his most important theological collaborator.
His work here focused in part on distinctively Lutheran themes, especially in the books Lutheranism and Visible Words From this position he concluded that American Christians, acknowledging the sinfulness of threatening mass murder, should advocate unilateral nuclear disarmament, just as Barth had protested the remilitarization of West Germany in the s and the deployment of nuclear weapons there.
With the critical knife of a theology of the cross, Jenson sought to cut through modern fogs of religiosity, even ones that take apparently secular form. This style, above all, is what I learned from Jens. Braaten Union with Christ: One has to mention the Cappadocian fathers, Martin Luther, Rudolph Bultmann, and a host of ecumenical conversation partners, especially Roman Catholics.
In a review of this work, Wolfhart Pannenberg described Jenson as "one of the most original and knowledgeable theologians of our time".
The Triune God Systematic Theology: He has written several books since this lifetime flashback, and Wolfhart Pannenberg and Gilbert Meilander both say he is worth reading. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Effectively, Jenson reminds us Athens and Jerusalem have been spending a lot more time together behind the bleachers than Tertullian wanted to admit. Later career[ edit ] After two decades of teaching at Lutheran Theological Seminary in GettysburgJenson moved in to the religion department of St.
Due to a car accident he missed most of his first-year seminary studies, and during that year he immersed himself in the works of Kant and Kierkegaard. We are not enriched by his terminology, just as we are not enriched by his general theological argumentation either. A Conversation in Purgatory.
Other influences at Luther Seminary included Edmund Smits, who introduced Jenson to the work of Augustine, and fellow-student Gerhard Forde, who introduced him to the work of Rudolf Bultmann. Clearly, I must be wholly mistaken. The Gospel or Neopaganism edited with Carl E.
We do not presume first to know who or what God is or must be, Karl Barth taught Jens. Braaten Church Unity and the Papal Office:One of the greatest living theologians, and in the opinion of many the greatest American theologian, Robert W.
Jenson, died on September 5, After studying under Karl Barth while writing his dissertation on Barth’s theology of election, Jenson taught theology at Luther College, Mansfield College (Oxford), Lutheran Seminary, and St. Olaf College.
(Jenson, “Second Thoughts on Inspiration,” Pro Ecclesia  ) *** Robert Jenson (Essays in Theology of Culture) gives this clever summary of the work of Alasdair McIntyre: “MacIntyre ended [After Virtue] by saying that what our civilization must have to survive is something like the Benedictine order.
Many who read this wondered how there could be Benedictines without St.
Benedict, or a saint. Robert W. Jenson was a leading American Lutheran and ecumenical theologian. Prior to his retirement inhe spent seven years as the director of the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton Theological Seminary.
He was the co-founder of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology and is known for his two-volume Systematic Theology published between and "These twenty-two essays, written from to the present, are loosely held together by the theme of "theology of culture," although for some it is a reach.
They track Jenson's steady, albeit frequently eccentric, move toward a more culturally conservative and catholic (also Catholic) understanding of God's ways with the world/5. They track Jenson's steady, albeit frequently eccentric, move toward a more culturally conservative and catholic (also Catholic) understanding of God's ways with the world.
The essays are always lively and instructive, and almost always convincing. Since theology is thinking about the living God of the gospel, whom we can identify but not capture, theology must ever start afresh, until the promised consummation.