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Title: The gospel of divine action : Oliver Chase Quick and the quest for a Christocentric metaphysic
Author: Hughes, A. J.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2011
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Oliver Chase Quick (1885-1944), was one of the Church of England’s foremost theologians in the early twentieth century. This thesis offers the first major study of his work. The first part examines Quick’s commitment to the metaphysical paradigm in theology, which uses Christian beliefs to theorize about the relation of God to the world. This includes a discussion of his response to the philosophical attack on metaphysics and to continental Protestant methodological challenges to this style of theologizing. It introduces as a central problem the challenge of incorporating historical divine action into a universal theory of reality. Part two explores Quick’s interpretation of the incarnation and the doctrine of God. The central theme is his opposition to liberal or modernist Christology, and his critique of the limitations of post-Chalcedonian orthodoxy, both of which had assimilated elements of the Greek (Hellenic) concept of divinity, which could not be squared with the biblical (Hebraic) witness to God’s presence and action in Christ. The final part shows how Quick tried to describe the relation of the world to God, first through a description of ‘a world sacramentally ordered’ in which Christ is the ‘perfect’ or ‘supreme’ sacrament, then through a wide-ranging discussion, centred on Quick’s idea that ‘it takes time to fulfil eternity because the cross is in the heart of the eternal’, and ending with his growing perception that it is impossible to ‘think together’ the world and God. The thesis concludes Quick’s was an impressive and well-executed theology, which resisted attempts to separate faith and reason, and served the cause of orthodoxy, while making some bold proposals about divine transcendence. However, his intellectual formation meant he overestimated the capacity of theology to produce a universal picture of reality, and underestimated theological and philosophical challenges to his approach.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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