Companion Encyclopedia of Theology

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The Companion Encyclopedia of Theology provides a comprehensive guide to modern theological thought. An international team of theologians and practitioners of both the Christian and Jewish faiths investigate and consider aspects of theology in 48 self-contained articles. Neither partisan and denominational, nor detached and abstract, this Companion explores the resources and applications of theology in the light of Christianity's place in the ...

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Overview

The Companion Encyclopedia of Theology provides a comprehensive guide to modern theological thought. An international team of theologians and practitioners of both the Christian and Jewish faiths investigate and consider aspects of theology in 48 self-contained articles. Neither partisan and denominational, nor detached and abstract, this Companion explores the resources and applications of theology in the light of Christianity's place in the modern world.
The Structure
The Companion Encyclopedia of Theology is divided into six parts. The first three deal with major foundational aspects of Western theological reflection:
* the Hebrew and Christian Bible
* the Tradition
* the contribution of Philosophy
The second half of the Companion is concerned with application:
* in relation to Spirituality
* in relation to contemporary Ethics
* in relation to issues in and aspects of present-day theological construction
The 48 essays are descriptive, informative and analytical; their wide-ranging content is bound into a unified perspective by the editors' general introduction and the introductions to each of the six parts. At the end of each article, there are suggestions for further reading and the work is concluded with a comprehensive index.
This Companion Encyclopedia is a valuable source of reference for students, teachers and both lay and clerical practitioners of Christian and Jewish theology.
Key Features
* Broad Coverage - contains 48 in-depth essays covering both the history and application of Western theological thought
* International Authorship - written in non-technical language by a distinguished team of editors and authors from both Christian and Jewish faiths
* Balanced Approach - discusses and analyses the key issues without imposing any single viewpoint
* Clearly Presented - at the end of each article, there are suggestions for further reading and the work contains a comprehensive index

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A comprehensive reference on the current state of Christian theology in its Western academic context, with 48 separately authored, analytical contributions. The volume is divided into six parts. The first three consider the bases of Western theological thought: the Hebrew and Christian Bible, the tradition, and the contribution of philosophy, especially in the modern period. The last three parts are concerned with application, in relation to spirituality and to contemporary ethics, and, finally, issues and aspects of present-day theological construction. The essays are unified by the editors' general introduction and introductions to each of the six parts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Leslie Houlden is an Anglican priest and Emeritus Professor of Theology at King's College, London, Earlier he taught theology in Oxford, where he was Fellow and Chaplain of Trinity College. He has taught various theological subjects, chiefly the New Testament, and has worked in the relations between the Bible and Christian doctrine. His principal books include Connections, Ethics and the New Testament and Bible and Belief
Peter Byrne was educated at the Universities of York and Oxford. Since 1975 he has been a lecturer, now senior lecturer, in the philosophy of religion at King's College, London. He is co-editor of the journal Religious Studies and is the author of Natural Religion and the Nature of Religion (1989), The Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethics (1992) and Religion Defined and Explained (1993, with Peter B. Clarke).
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Table of Contents

General Introduction
The contributors
1 The Hebrew Bible: formation and character 7
2 The Hebrew Bible: role in Judaism 28
3 The Christian adoption of the Old Testament 47
4 The Old Testament: historical study and new roles 64
5 The New Testament: content and character 85
6 The New Testament: the tradition of interpretation 102
7 The New Testament in theology 122
8 The Bible as holy book 142
9 Jesus in history and belief 168
10 The triune God of the Bible and the emergence of orthodoxy 187
11 Christendom: medieval Christianity 206
12 The transition to modernity 230
13 The Enlightenment 251
14 Theology now 272
15 Christian theology and other faiths 291
16 Christian theology's dialogue with culture 314
17 The concept of God 342
18 The idea of reason 367
19 Natural theology 388
20 Religious language 413
21 Theology and scientific understanding 433
22 Theological anthropology 453
23 Evil and theology 472
24 Feminism in the philosophy of religion 490
25 Spirituality and theology 514
26 Patristic spirituality 536
27 Mysticism and devotion in the Middle Ages 558
28 Religious experience in the era of reform 576
29 Theology and spirituality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries 594
30 Religious experience and language 620
31 Spirituality and liberation 642
32 Spirituality and liturgy 665
33 The idea of Christian ethics 691
34 Violence, warfare and peace 716
35 Ethics and the personal life 738
36 Theology, wealth and social justice 759
37 Power and the State 777
38 The pastoral experience 794
39 Theology, medicine and health 817
40 Environmental ethics 843
41 The character and possibility of Christian theology today 875
42 Making sense of God 895
43 The figure of Jesus Christ in contemporary Christianity 917
44 The Trinity in modern theology 937
45 Theology in the narrative mode 958
46 Theology in the dogmatic mode 976
47 Theology as praxis 1001
48 Theology and the future of the Church 1017
Index 1036
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