Winds of the Spirit
For students, this new book may well prove to be the most important one-volume treatment of systematic theology since John Macquarrie's Principles of. Christian Theology. The approach it takes, however, is a very different one. Professor Hodgson believes that theology...
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For students, this new book may well prove to be the most important one-volume treatment of systematic theology since John Macquarrie's Principles of. Christian Theology. The approach it takes, however, is a very different one. Professor Hodgson believes that theology requires a continual process of interpretation that constructs new visions of Christian faith and practice from resources provided by scripture, tradition, reason and experience in the context of contemporary cultural challenges. The fundamental challenge of postmodernity seems to be the loss of any meaningful discourse about God. Yet in the crisis there may be hopeful signs, in the form of quests in connection with emancipation, ecology and dialogue, in search of freedom, love and wholeness. It is these that provide the structure for the book. Theology is drawn and driven by winds of the Spirit: an image which gives the book its title. The author compares theology with sailing, the ship of theology having no foundation other than itself, no external prop, but only the structural integrity and interplay of its component parts, enabling it to float and sail. And imagery apart, here is an always fascinating treatment of thinking theologically, the resources and dimensions of theology, the role of liberation and feminist theology, science and ecological sensibility, inter-religious dialogue, faith and reason, creation and christology and above all the doctrine of the presence of the living Spirit of Christ.
Peter C. Hodgson, (PhD.,Yale University) is Charles G. Finney Professor of Theology, Emeritus at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Hodgsons research and teaching focus on theology. He has distinguished himself with work in both historical and constructive theology. He is a leading translator of the works of G.W.F. Hegel and the author of numerous articles and essays and of 11 books: The Formation of Historical Theology: A Study of Ferdinand Christian Baur (1966); Jesus Word and Presence: An Essay in Christology (1971); Children of Freedom: Black Liberation in Christian Perspective (1974); Christian Theology: An Introduction to its Traditions and Tasks (3rd Edition, 2008), and Winds of the Spirit: A Constructive Christian Theology. (1994).