The Companion Encyclopedia of Theology provides a comprehensive guide to modern theological thought. An international team of theologians and practitioners of both the Christian and
Jewish faiths investigate and consider aspects of theology in 48 self-contained articles. Neither partisan and denominational, nor detached and abstract, this Companion explores the resources and applications of theology in the light of Christianity's place in the modern world.
The Companion Encyclopedia of Theology is divided into six parts. The first three deal with major foundational aspects of Western theological reflection:
* the Hebrew and Christian Bible
* the Tradition
* the contribution of Philosophy
The second half of the Companion is concerned with application:
* in relation to Spirituality
* in relation to contemporary Ethics
* in relation to issues in and aspects of present-day theological construction
The 48 essays are descriptive, informative and analytical; their wide-ranging content is bound into a unified perspective by the editors' general introduction and the introductions to each of the six parts. At the end of each article, there are suggestions for further reading and the work is concluded with a comprehensive index.
This Companion Encyclopedia is a valuable source of reference for students, teachers and both lay and clerical practitioners of Christian and Jewish theology.
* Broad Coverage - contains 48 in-depth essays covering both the history and application of Western theological thought
* International Authorship - written in non-technical language by a distinguished team of editors and authors from both Christian and Jewish faiths
* Balanced Approach - discusses and analyses the key issues without imposing any single viewpoint
* Clearly Presented - at the end of each article, there are suggestions for further reading and the work contains a comprehensive index
About the Author
Leslie Houlden is an Anglican priest and Emeritus Professor of Theology at King's College, London, Earlier he taught theology in Oxford, where he was Fellow and Chaplain of Trinity College. He has taught various theological subjects, chiefly the New Testament, and has worked in the relations between the Bible and Christian doctrine. His principal books include Connections, Ethics and the New Testament and Bible and Belief
Peter Byrne was educated at the Universities of York and Oxford. Since 1975 he has been a lecturer, now senior lecturer, in the philosophy of religion at King's College, London. He is co-editor of the journal Religious Studies and is the author of Natural Religion and the Nature of Religion (1989), The Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethics (1992) and Religion Defined and Explained (1993, with Peter B. Clarke).
Table of ContentsGeneral Introduction Leslie Houlden and Peter Byrne
Part I: The Bible Introduction Leslie Houlden 1. The Hebrew Bible: Formation and Character John Barton 2. The Hebrew Bible: Role in Judaism Gary Gilbert and Alan Segal 3.
The Christian Adoption of the Old Testament Gillian Evans 4. The Old Testament: Historical Study and New Roles John Rogerson 5. The New Testament: Content and Character Leslie Houlden 6. The New Testament: the Tradition of Interpretation John Muddiman 7. The
New Testament in Theology Heikki Raisanen 8. The Bible as Holy Book Stephen Prickett
Part II: The Tradition introduction Leslie Houlden 9. Jesus in History and Belief Leslie Houlden 10. The Triune God of the Bible and the Emergence of Orthodoxy
Robert Wilken 11. Christendom: Medieval Christianity David D'Avray 12. The Transition to Modernity Alister McGrath 13. The Enlightenment John Kent 14. Theology Now Keith Clements 15. Christian Theology and Other Faiths Gavin D'Costa 16.
Theology's Dialogue with Culture Frank Burch Brown
Part III: PhilosophyIntroduction Peter Byrne 17. The Concept of God Keith Ward 18. The Idea of Reason Terence Penelhum 19. Natural Theology David Pailin 20. Religious Language Mark
Wynn 21. Theology and Scientific Understanding Peter Byrne 22. Theological Anthropology Roger Trigg 23. Evil and Theology Stewart Sutherland 24. Feminism in the Philosophy of Religion Grace Jantzen
Part IV: Spirituality Introduction Leslie
Houlden 25. Spirituality and Theology Philip Sheldrake 26. Patristic Spirituality Anthony Meredith 27. Mysticism and Devotion in the Middle Ages Benedicta Ward 28. Religious Experience in the Era of Reform Rowan Williams 29. Theology and Spirituality in
the 19th and 20th Centuries Terry Tastard 30. Religious Experience and Language William J. Wainwright 31. Spirituality and Liberation Kenneth Leech 32. Spirituality and Liturgy Gordon S. Wakefield
Part V: Practical Theology Introduction Peter
Byrne 33. The Idea of Christian Ethics James M. Gustafson 34. Violence, Warfare and Peace Barrie Paskins 35. Ethics and the Personal Life Helen Oppenheimer 36. Theology, Wealth and Social Justice Jack Mahoney 37. Power and the State Edward Norman
38. The Pastoral Experience Jack Dominian 39. Theology, Medicine and Health John Morgan 40. Environmental Ethics Stephen Clark
Part VI: Christian Theology: Scene and Prospect Introduction Leslie Houlden 41. The Character and Possibility of
Christian Theology Today John Kent 42. Making Sense of God Theodore Jennings 43. The Figure of Jesus Christ in Contemporary Christianity John Macquarrie 44. The Trinity in Modern Theology Colin Gunton 45. Theology in the Narrative Node Brian Horne 46.
Theology in the Dogmatic Mode Paul Avis 47. Theology as Praxis Dan Cohn-Sherbok 48. Theology and the Future of the Church Walter Hollenweger Index