Analytic Theology: New Essays in the Philosophy of Theology

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Philosophy in the English-speaking world is dominated by analytic approaches to its problems and projects; but theology has been dominated by alternative approaches. Many would say that the current state in theology is not mere historical accident, but is, rather, how things ought to be. On the other hand, many others would say precisely the opposite: that theology as a discipline has been beguiled and taken captive by 'continental' approaches, and that the effects on the discipline have been largely deleterious. The methodological divide between systematic theologians and analytic philosophers of religion is ripe for exploration. The present volume represents an attempt to begin a much-needed interdisciplinary conversation about the value of analytic philosophical approaches to theological topics. Most of the essays herein are sympathetic toward the enterprise the editors are calling analytic theology; but, with an eye toward balance, the volume also includes essays and an introduction that try to offer more critical perspectives on analytic theology.

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"The editors of this volume have elicited new essays from an impressive list of contributors, including both long established figures in philosophy and theology and others relatively new."—Gordon Graham, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199203567
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,207,104
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Michael C. Rea Rea, Michael C. 1

I In Defense of Analytic Theology

1 On Analytic Theology Oliver D. Crisp Crisp, Oliver D. 33

2 Systematic Theology as Analytic Theology William J. Abraham Abraham, William J. 54

3 Theology as a Bull Session Randal Rauser Rauser, Randal 70

II Historical Perspectives

4 A Conception of Faith in the Greek Fathers John Lamont Lamont, John 87

5 'As Kant has Shown...': Analytic Theology and the Critical Philosophy Andrew Chignell Chignell, Andrew 117

6 Schleiermacher's Theological Anti-Realism Andrew Dole Dole, Andrew 136

7 How Philosophical Theology Became Possible within the Analytic Tradition of Philosophy Nicholas Wolterstorff Wolterstorff, Nicholas 155

III On the Data for Theology: Scripture, Reason, and Experience

8 On Understanding Scripture as the Word of God Thomas McCall McCall, Thomas 171

9 On Believing that the Scriptures are Divinely Inspired Thomas M. Crisp Crisp, Thomas M. 187

10 The Contribution of Religious Experience to Dogmatic Theology Michael Sudduth Sudduth, Michael 214

11 Science and Religion in Constructive Engagement Michael J. Murray Murray, Michael J. 233

IV Analytic Approaches Reconsidered

12 The Problem of Evil: Analytic Philosophy and Narrative Eleonore Stump Stump, Eleonore 251

13 Hermeneutics and Holiness Merold Westphal Westphal, Merold 265

14 Dark Contemplation and Epistemic Transformation: The Analytic Theologian Re-Meets Teresa of Avila Sarah Coakley Coakley, Sarah 280

Index 313

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