(The affirmation that God acts in history has roots deep w...)
The affirmation that God acts in history has roots deep within the religious traditions of the West. The God depicted in biblical narrative is by no means a detached spectator, unconcerned with the course of events in the world. Rather, God engages human beings in and through their history, shaping the destinies of individuals and communities. While this way of thinking about God has profoundly shaped the theological imagination of the biblical religions, it has become a source of persistent puzzlement in modern theology. The rise of the natural sciences has demonstrated the power of understanding our world as governed by natural law, and this poses difficult questions about how God can be understood to act in a such a world. Furthermore, a compelling set of religious and ethical objections can be urged against the idea that God performs particular actions in history; the problem of evil arises here with great force. This book brings together a group of well-known philosophers and theologians for a sharply focused exchange on these crucial questions about the God who acts.
Tracy graduated from St. Olaf College with a bachelor's degree in 1971. He then obtained a Master of Philosophy degree in 1975 and his doctorate in 1980 from Yale University.
Tracy started his career as an instructor at Bates College in 1976. Four years later he was appointed as an assistant professor and in 1983 he became an associate professor. Since 1989, Tracy worked as a professor of religion there, and since 1991, he held the position of chairperson of the department.
During his long teaching career, Tracy was also a speaker at educational institutions, including Colby College and Hendrix College, and a visiting professor at the University of California in Los Angeles.
Now Tracy works as a freelance writer, living in Lewiston, Maine. He is also a contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Faith and Philosophy, Journal of Religion, and Thomist.
(The affirmation that God acts in history has roots deep w...)1994
Tracy is a member of the Maine Humanities Council and Vatican Observatory Conferences on Theology and Science.