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The Practice Of Theology

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This text aims to expose students to the history of Christian thought, which is a central part of the discipline of theology. The rationale behind it is that students should not complete an introductory course without having been exposed to a wide variety of competing approaches and having gained some broad knowledge of the tradition, rather than studying methodological concerns only. The extracts are accompanied by commentary and annotation. They are divided into themed chapters, and ordered chronologically ...
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Overview

This text aims to expose students to the history of Christian thought, which is a central part of the discipline of theology. The rationale behind it is that students should not complete an introductory course without having been exposed to a wide variety of competing approaches and having gained some broad knowledge of the tradition, rather than studying methodological concerns only. The extracts are accompanied by commentary and annotation. They are divided into themed chapters, and ordered chronologically within chapters. Figures from different periods of history are included within each chapter, in order to represent the breadth of theological traditions, while texts are also included which represent some form of ongoing debate, in order to meet pedagogical needs. Commentary on each text outlines the historical situation of the author and the literary context of the extract, while each chapter offers an introductory essay highlighting the central debates and concerns in that area and indicating how the texts illustrate and illuminate these.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780334028161
  • Publisher: SCM Press Limited
  • Publication date: 6/17/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 1.01 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
General Introduction
Pt. I Sources for Theology
I.1 Scripture as the source of Christian theology
I.2 The authority of the Christian tradition
I.3 Creeds and confessions
I.4 The place of reason in theology
I.5 Reflecting on experience of God
Pt. II The Nature of Theological Claims
II.1 Can we know anything about God anyway?
II.2 How do we know what we know?
II.3 The nature of religious language
II.4 Neutral and committed knowledge
Pt. III Doing Theology Today
III.1 Modernity and postmodernity
III.2 The rise of local theologies
III.3 Christian theology in a multi-faith world
Pt. IV Doing Theology in the University Today
Details of Authors and Sources of Documents
Timeline
Glossary of Technical Terms
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