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|Published - 30 Apr 2017
This is the first academic paper I wrote following the unexpected loss of my teacher, friend and colleague, Professor John Webster, at an all too early stage of his life. John had taught me at Oxford, and latterly we were colleagues and shared a doctoral seminar in Aberdeen. I cannot begin to account for the debts I owe to John. I didn’t always agree with him theologically; but the seriousness with which he took the task of theology was something I could never cease but be impressed by, and – having prayed with him most days while we were colleagues – the breadth and intensity of the vision of God John had, as a God supremely, unendingly, totally and incomprehensibly complete in Godself, always moved me – pietistically as well as intellectually. I have tried in this paper to learn more from John than perhaps I have before. He did not, in fact, say so much about God’s glory in his work – preferring other ways of expressing the majesty of the divine life – plenitude, sovereignty, perfection. But he never tired from challenging theologians to speak about God. I offer this paper in memory of John Webster.