Critical Theology: Questions of Truth and Method

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Critical Theology is an exciting account of some of the key issues facing contemporary theology, as well as an original interpretation of some of the outstanding figures of twentieth century thought. In the first part of the book, Jones examines the work of Barth, Harnack, Bonhoeffer, Rahner, Moltmann, Sobrino, and Tracy. Against this backdrop Jones develops, in part two, an original interpretation of the structure, dynamics, and perspective of Christian theology in terms of mystery, event, and rhetoric. Using ...

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Overview

Critical Theology is an exciting account of some of the key issues facing contemporary theology, as well as an original interpretation of some of the outstanding figures of twentieth century thought. In the first part of the book, Jones examines the work of Barth, Harnack, Bonhoeffer, Rahner, Moltmann, Sobrino, and Tracy. Against this backdrop Jones develops, in part two, an original interpretation of the structure, dynamics, and perspective of Christian theology in terms of mystery, event, and rhetoric. Using these terms to construct a framework for critical theology, Jones offers a new agenda for discussing the task of Christian theology in the late twentieth century. Challenging theologians to think seriously about how they address today's social and cultural concerns, this book makes an original and provocative contribution to contemporary debates in religious studies.

In an exciting look at the key issues facing contemporary theology, Jones examines the work of Karl Barth, Adolf von Harnack, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Rahner, Jurgen Moltmann, Jon Sobrino, and David Tracy to develop an original interpretation of the structure, dynamics, and perspectives of Christian theology in terms of mystery, event, and rhetoric.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557787309
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/1998
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Gareth Jones is lecturer in systematic theology at the University of Birmingham, U.K., and the author of Bultmann: Toward a Critical Theology.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Author's Note
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Roots of Critical Theology in the Twentieth Century 9
1 Harnack and Barth: On First Principles 11
2 Bonhoeffer: Naming the Crisis of the World 38
3 Moltmann and Rahner: The Presence of Eternity 59
4 Sobrino: Understanding a Liberated Faith 85
5 Tracy: Halting the Postmodernist Slide 113
Pt. II The Scope and Task of Critical Theology 135
6 Mystery: The Spiritual Primacy of Immanence 137
7 Event: Christ and the Predicament of Scale 168
8 Rhetoric: The Necessity of a Sacramental Narrative 203
Conclusion: Revelation, Concealment and the Primacy of the Possible 241
Bibliography 247
Index 263
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