Departing from a contemporary question, this article sets out to explore the tradition behind a
problem in the modern concept of God. Three historical cross-sections from the tradition, connecting
the modern reader with the Old Testament, are presented as summary of the background and development
of Christian views of God (focusing on transcendence and immanence as reciprocal concepts).
Traditional reflections of this kind utilize a philosophical vocabulary. Accordingly, theology and
philosophy exemplify a similar development. A unilinear presentation of insights from the fields of
theology and philosophy supports the conviction that all theology is based on some set of what are
often are philosophical presuppositions. The aim of this exploration is, firstly, to show that as
far as the debate about awareness of God is concerned, the concepts of transcendence and immanence
are still highly relevant, and, secondly, to elicit reaction and further debate.