Theology, University, Humanities: Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini

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This book discusses the relationship between theology and the humanities and their shared significance within contemporary universities. Taking up this complex question, twelve scholarly authors analyze the connections between theology and philosophy, history, scholarly literature, sociology, and law. Cumulatively, these essays make a case for the importance of reflecting on what binds the humanities and theology together. By meditating on ultimate, theological ...
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This book discusses the relationship between theology and the humanities and their shared significance within contemporary universities. Taking up this complex question, twelve scholarly authors analyze the connections between theology and philosophy, history, scholarly literature, sociology, and law. Cumulatively, these essays make a case for the importance of reflecting on what binds the humanities and theology together. By meditating on ultimate, theological questions, this book brings the issue of the meaning and purpose of university education into a new light, exploring its deep significance for academic pursuits today.

Endorsements:
""As debate about the social role and economic value of universities intensifies in the developed world, this collection is timely. The papers within it are a refreshingly lively reminder that these concerns have a history and that to address them requires serious and intellectually generous engagement with underlying philosophical and theological questions. This is altogether a most appropriate provocation.""
-Susan Frank Parsons
Editor, Studies in Christian Ethics

""In this collection of high-octane essays, many of the papers seek to dig deeper into the causes and cures of our cultural malaise, of which the crisis in identity afflicting university education is a symptom. The authors also move beyond doing 'theology and culture' to attempting a 'theology of culture'. There is a concern for dialogue and the observation of otherness. A common thread is that the humanities need theology for a proper account of the creature, and that theology is both wonderfully useful and properly useless (high minded) at the same time.""
-Mark W. Elliott
University of St Andrews

""In universities these days, there is a great deal of talk-much of it dull and overly abstract-about the loss of purpose in the university and especially about the malaise afflicting the humanities. Who would have thought that the introduction of theology into the discussion would be precisely what is needed to move from remote, arid speculation to concrete, inspiring proposals and examples? The learned and lively essays in Theology, University, Humanities: Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini advance the conversation about university education in surprising and welcome ways.""
-Thomas Hibbs
Baylor University

About the Contributor(s):
Christopher Craig Brittain is Lecturer in Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of Adorno and Theology (2010) and is writing a book entitled Religion at Ground Zero.

Francesca Aran Murphy is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Her books include God is Not a Story (2007) and a commentary on I Samuel (2010).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608998159
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/31/2011
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Introduction: Theology, the Humanities, and the University Francesca Aran Murphy 1

1 On the Difference Between Torture and Punishment: Theology, Liturgy, and Human Rights P. Travis Kroeker 19

2 Regina Artium: Theology and the Humanities John Webster 39

3 The New Theological Humanism and the Political Future David Jasper 64

4 Historical Criticism, "Theological Exegesis," and Theology amongst the Humanities Joachim Schaper 75

5 Actuality in Theology and Philosophy Simon Oliver 91

6 Keeping the Faith: Christian Philosophy as a Square Circle and a Wooden Iron Laurence Paul Hemming 112

7 Theology and Legal Theory David McIlroy 127

8 Against Eschatological Over-Determination: Can Social Science Contribute to Theology? Christpher Craig Brittain 150

9 Theology and Politics: The Intellectual History of Liberalism Christopher Insole 173

10 On Theology, the Humanities, and the University Gavin D'Costa 194

Epilogue: Initium Sapientiae Timor Alterius and the Constituents of the University Christopher Craig Brittain 213

Bibliography 229

Index 241

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