Reflection on the Saving God

The two parts of Volf's argument draw three tight connections: forgiveness is the act of the God who also creates. The doctrines of God, creation, and redemption are inextricable in Volf's theology. They cohere because God is self-consistent.

Compare the coherence of soteriology with other aspects of the Christian theology in Volf with the coherence, limited coherence, or incoherence of soteriology with other aspects of the theology of either Benedict or Hauerwas-and-Willimon. In other words, how do or do not doctrines 'fit together' in these two visions of salvation?

Generalizing somewhat to the other sources in this class — including me if you like — how significant is coherence in theology? In other words, how important is it that our doctrines of Trinity, Christ, creation, redemption, church, worship, ethics, eschatology, and so on agree and mutually inform one another?

I can imagine a spectrum of good responses, by the way; while I have my own convictions on this question, there are other respected and plausible answers within orthodox Christian theology.

Please keep your paper 3-4 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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