Christian dogmatics in London

Neil MacDonald is good at titles. What do you think of his latest?

Metaphysics and the God of Israel: Systematic Theology of the Old and New Testaments

or of his earlier

Karl Barth and the Strange New World within the Bible: Barth, Wittgenstein, and the Metadilemmas of the Enlightenment

So what are the reviews like?

â??Neil MacDonaldâ??s reflection moves back, forth and sideways between critical biblical study, high-modern philosophy in the analytical tradition, and classical Christian doctrine. Most who have attempted such explorations have reported mostly blockades and traps. MacDonald discovers instead sudden opportunities of faithful insight and of â?? very often unexpected â?? theological construction. A remarkable and, I think, important book, to be read with attention.â??
Robert W. Jenson, Formerly Senior Scholar for Research at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, Professor Emeritus of Religion, St. Olaf College, Minnesota

â??MacDonaldâ??s is a voice crying in the wilderness. This is a brilliant effort to combine the very best in historical-critical and theological exegesis with dogmatic and philosophical reflection of a very high level. The writing style is lucid and at times almost poetic,which a theme as exalted as Godâ??s work in time requires. Sophisticated and full of
insight. May his tribe increase.â??
Christopher R. Seitz, Professor of Old Testament and Theological Studies, University of St Andrews

â??Neil MacDonaldâ??s latest book is the first major effort in many decades to attempt to reintegrate systematic theology with biblical studies. The authorâ??s grasp of the whole
spectrum of modern biblical scholarship, both in Old and New Testaments, is highly impressive. Because of his unique mastery of philosophical theory as well, he is superbly equipped for this exciting task. His book will certainly serve to open up a fresh dialogue, which is long overdue.â??
Brevard S. Childs, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament, Yale Divinity School

Hmm. Always interesting to see who a man’s friends are.

But there is another remarkable fact about this Neil MacDonald. He teaches Christian dogmatics in London.