Fields of Faith: Theology and Religious Studies for the Twenty-first Century

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Overview

How will the study of theology and the religions in higher education be shaped in the coming century? This book offers several different perspectives on this field of study with suggestions for a future in which theology and religious studies are pursued together. There are examples of the interplay of theology and religious studies with reference to a range of topics: God, love, scripture, worship, argument, reconciliation, friendship and justice. The contributors practise different disciplines within the field, often in combination, covering theology, philosophy, history, phenomenology, literary studies, hermeneutics, politics, ethics and law. Their specialisms embrace Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Indian religions, with particular focus on the field in Europe, the USA and South Africa. Recognising the significance of the religions and of higher education, the book explores what best practice can be adopted to fulfil responsibilities towards academic disciplines, the religions, and the societies of which they are part.
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Review of the hardback: '... an excellent collection of essays ... highly instructive and provocative.' Tablet

Review of the hardback: 'This book is a significant and stimulating volume of essays ...' Reviews in Religion and Theology

Review of the hardback: '... what emerges is a picture of theology and religious studies as a process of debate, openess and common living, driven not by targets but by a commitment to a shared way of living: theology might be the only discipline left with such humane ends.' Expository Times

Review of the hardback: '... so worthwhile.' International Journal of Systematic Theology

Review of the hardback: 'For readers concerned with the study and teaching of theology and religion in the twenty-first century, the editors of Fields of Faith provide a stimulating guide to discussion and debate.' Scottish Journal of Theology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521847377
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2005
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

David F. Ford is Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge and author of a number of books including Self and Salvation (1999) and Theology: A Very Short Introduction (1999).

Ben Quash is Dean and Fellow of Peterhouse and lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.

Janet Martin Soskice is Reader in Modern Theology and Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Jesus College and co-editor of Feminism and Theology (2003).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The study of religion and the rise of atheism : conflict or confirmation? 3
2 Doing theology in the university 25
3 Shaping the field : a transatlantic perspective 39
4 The study of religion as corrective reading 56
5 God 75
6 Love 90
7 Scripture 104
8 Worship 119
9 Argument 137
10 Reconciliation 152
11 Friendship 167
12 Justice 182
13 Fields of faith : an experiment in the study of theology and the religions 207
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