Listening to the Past: The Place of Tradition in Theology

Listening to the Past: The Place of Tradition in Theology

by Stephen R. Holmes
     
 

Beginning with the question 'Why can't we just read the Bible?' Stephen Holmes considers the place of tradition in theology, showing how the doctrine of creation leads to an account of historical location and creaturely limitations as essential aspects of our existence. For we cannot claim unmediated access to the Scriptures without acknowledging the place of…  See more details below

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Beginning with the question 'Why can't we just read the Bible?' Stephen Holmes considers the place of tradition in theology, showing how the doctrine of creation leads to an account of historical location and creaturely limitations as essential aspects of our existence. For we cannot claim unmediated access to the Scriptures without acknowledging the place of tradition: theology is an irreducibly communal task. After an in-depth exploration of the doctrine of the communion of saints, case studies from around the world combine with well-known voices from the past: Anselm speaking on the atonement, Jonathan Edwards on the freedom of the will, Coleridge on theology and politics and Barth on election. Listening to the masters of old should shape our thinking of today. Listening to the Past is a sustained attempt to show what listening to tradition involves, and how it can be used to aid theological work today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801026423
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.39(d)

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