The Future of Christian Theology
The Future of Christian Theology
represents a personal manifesto from one of the world's leading theologians, exploring the ways Christian theology in the twenty-first century has been, and can now continue to be, both creative and wise.
- Represents an outstanding and engaging account of the task of theology today
- Offers an insightful description of what makes for discerning and creative theology.
- Written from the perspective of decades of experience, and in close dialogue with theologians of other faiths
- Features a strong interfaith and public theology dimension, and a contemporary portrait of the field from the inside
- A hopeful and illuminating search for wisdom and understanding in the increasingly complex religious and secular world of the twenty-first century.
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About "The Future of Christian Theology"
Meet the Author
David F Ford
David F. Ford is Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books, including: "Christian Wisdom: Desiring God and Learning in Love" (2007), "The Modern Theologians, 3rd edition" (edited with Rachel Muers, Blackwell, 2005), and "Theology: A Very Short Introduction" (2000). He is a member of the editorial board of a number of major journals, including "Modern Theology "and "Scottish Journal of Theology,"
Table Of Contents
- Preface. Source Acknowledgments. 1 A Cry For Wisdom: Theology For The Twenty-first Century. From The Twentieth To The Twenty-first Century: Theological Abundance And Variety. Four Elements Of Wise Creativity. Conclusion. 2 Drama In Bible, Theology, And Life. The Bible: More Dramatic Than Epic Or Lyric. Gospel Of John - Epic, Lyric, And Above All Dramatic. Intensity And Extensity In The Ongoing Drama. Conclusion: Drama, Wise Theological Creativity, And An Unanswered Question. 3 A Dramatic Code For Twenty-first Century Theology. Modern Secularity And The Health Of The Public Sphere. A Drama-centered Account Of Modernity. A Dramatic Code For Theology Today. Conclusion: Within And Beyond The Drama. 4 Desire Above All. A Balanced Dynamic Of Theological Moods. Between Closed Religion And Wide Open Religion. Theological Moods In Bible And Tradition. God-centered Moods: The Divine Passive. 5 Belonging: Church, Collegiality, Conversation. Belonging To God And Each Other Through Covenant. Theological Creativity In And For The Church. Learning And Teaching Together: Collegiality. Extended Belonging: Conversations. Intensive Belonging: Cohabitations, Collaborations, And Movements. Intimate Belonging: Friendships. Conclusion: Complex Belonging. 6 Church And Society. First Case Study: Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Continuing This Drama. Contemporary Case: Theological Tasks For The Church In Democratic Civil Societies. 7 Inter-faith Blessing. A Jewish Blessing: Dabru Emet. A Muslim Blessing: A Common Word. Scriptural Reasoning As "first Inter-faith Theology". Seeking Wisdom For Inter-faith Engagement: A Muscat Manifesto. Civil Wisdom. 8 New Theology And Religious Studies: Shaping, Teaching, And Funding A Field. What Is New Theology And Religious Studies? A Framework For Creativity. Other Frameworks. Curriculum And Teachers. Funding. The Global Potential Of New Theology And Religious Studies. 9 Becoming A Theologian: The Apprentice. Disciple And Apprentice. Retrieval - A Receptive, Reading Self. Engagement - A Loved And Loving Self. Thinking - An Imaginative, Discerning Self. Communication - A Witnessing, Poetic Self. 10 The Bible: Creative Source Of Theology. How The Bible Has Shaped This Manifesto. What Sort Of Bible Reading Is This? The Four Elements Of Wise And Creative Theology In The Bible. A Biblical Hope For Twenty-first Century Theology. Notes And References. Index.