Theology and the Future
Theology was once 'queen of the sciences', the integrating centre of Christendom's conceptual universe. In our own time the very idea of systematic theology is frequently called into question,derided as an arcane and superstitious pseudo-discipline. Even within the church, it...
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Theology was once 'queen of the sciences', the integrating centre of Christendom's conceptual universe. In our own time the very idea of systematic theology is frequently called into question,derided as an arcane and superstitious pseudo-discipline. Even within the church, it is commonly disregarded in favour of unreflective piety and pragmatism. At the same time, the southward shift in world Christianity's centre of gravity prompts crucial questions about the future form and content of theology. Within this context, Theology and the Future offers a case for the continuing viability of theology, exploring how it might adapt to changing circumstances, and discussing its implications for how we are to imagine and help shape our shared human future.
Beginning with the question of God, this book explores what might be meant by 'the future of God', and what its implications are for Christian theology. Chapters follow on the location of theology (in global Christianity, the church and the academy) and on its sources and method. The second half of the book explores a wide variety of dimensions of the human future that theology might address and illuminate. The essays bring together a mix of specialist theologians and interdisciplinary thinkers to support the assertion that there can be no more critical endeavour to the future than understanding God and all things in relationship to him.
David Starling lectures in New Testament and Theology at Morling College, Australia. He is the author of Not My People: Gentiles as Exiles in Pauline Hermeneutics (2011) and a number of journal articles and book chapters on biblical exegesis and theological hermeneutics.
- 'introduction And Overview' - Trevor Cairney & David Starling I. The Future Of Theology 1. Theology And The Future Of God - Professor Stephen Long (marquette University) 2. Theology And The Future Of Global Christianity - Professor K.k. Yeo (garrett-evangelical Theological Seminary And Peking University, Beijing) 3. Not A Wisdom Of This Age: Theology And The Future Of The Post-christendom Church - Dr David Starling (morling College, Sydney) 4. How I Think I Learned To Think Theologically: The Post-christendom Church And The Future Of Theology - Professor Stanley Hauerwas (duke Divinity School). 5. Theology And The Future Of The University - Professor John Mcdowell (university Of Newcastle) 6. Theology And The (ancient) Future Of Biblical Interpretation - Professor Michael Allen (knox Theological Seminary) 7. 'grace Builds Upon Nature': Philosophy And The Future Of Theology - Paul Helm (regent College) 8. Theology And The Future Of Method - Dr John Mcclean (presbyterian Theological Centre, Sydney) Ii. Theology And The Future 9.theology And The Future Of Humanity - Dr Michael Jensen (moore Theological College) 10. Theology And The Future Of Africa - Dr Katho Bungishabaku (shalom University Of Bunia) 11. Theology And The Future Of Creativity - Professor Trevor Hart (university Of St Andrews) 12. Conversion, Incarnation, Performance: Theology And The Future Of Imagination - Dr Alison Searle (university Of Sydney) 14. Emergent Pantheism? Science, Complexity And The Future Of Theology - Dr Kirsten Birkett (oak Hill Theological College) 15. Theology And The Future Of The Earth - Byron Smith (university Of Edinburgh) 16. Envisioning An Alternative Urban World: Theology And The Future Of The City - Dr David Smith (international Christian College, Glasgow)