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The Journey of Modern Theology

Roger E Olson

The Journey of Modern Theology

Roger E Olson

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Modernity has been an age of revolutions--political, scientific, industrial and philosophical. Consequently, it has also been an age of revolutions in theology, as Christians attempt to make sense of their faith in light of the cultural upheavals around them, what Walter Lippman once called the "acids of modernity." Modern theology is the result of this struggle to think responsibly about God within the modern cultural ethos. In this major revision and expansion of the classic 20th Century Theology (1992), co-authored with Stanley J. Grenz, Roger Olson widens the scope of the story to include a fuller account of modernity, more material on the nineteenth century and an engagement with postmodernity. More importantly, the entire narrative is now recast in terms of how theologians have accommodated or rejected the Enlightenment and scientific revolutions. With that question in mind, Olson guides us on the epic journey of modern theology, from the liberal "reconstruction" of theology that originated with Friedrich Schleiermacher to the postliberal and postmodern "deconstruction" of modern theology that continues today. The Journey of Modern Theology is vintage Olson: eminently readable, panoramic in scope, at once original and balanced, and marked throughout by a passionate concern for the church's faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. This will no doubt become another standard text in historical theology.

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About "The Journey of Modern Theology"

Modernity has been an age of revolutions--political, scientific, industrial and philosophical. Consequently, it has also been an age of revolutions in theology, as Christians attempt to make sense of their faith in light of the cultural upheavals around them, what Walter Lippman once called the "acids of modernity." Modern theology is the result of this struggle to think responsibly about God within the modern cultural ethos. In this major revision and expansion of the classic 20th Century Theology (1992), co-authored with Stanley J. Grenz, Roger Olson widens the scope of the story to include a fuller account of modernity, more material on the nineteenth century and an engagement with postmodernity. More importantly, the entire narrative is now recast in terms of how theologians have accommodated or rejected the Enlightenment and scientific revolutions. With that question in mind, Olson guides us on the epic journey of modern theology, from the liberal "reconstruction" of theology that originated with Friedrich Schleiermacher to the postliberal and postmodern "deconstruction" of modern theology that continues today. The Journey of Modern Theology is vintage Olson: eminently readable, panoramic in scope, at once original and balanced, and marked throughout by a passionate concern for the church's faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. This will no doubt become another standard text in historical theology.
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Meet the Author

Roger E Olson

Roger E. Olson (Ph.D., Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition and Reform, The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity and Diversity, and the editor of The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology He is also co-author of 20th-Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age and Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (both with the late Stan Grenz.

His most recent publications are Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith(Zondervan, 2007), The Pocket History of Evangelical Theology (InterVarsity Press, 2007), How to Be Evangelical without Being Conservative (Zondervan, 2008), Finding God in the Shack: Seeking Truth in a Story of Evil and Redemption (InterVarsity Press, 2009) and Universal Salvation: the Most Appealing Heresy (InterVarsity Press)
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Table Of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. Modernity Challenges Traditional Theology: The Context Of Early Modern Theology
  • 1.a. Science Revises The Heavens
  • 1.b. Philosophers Lay New Foundations For Knowledge
  • 1.c. Deists Create A New Natural Religion
  • 1.d. Critical Philosophers Limit Religion To Reason
  • 1.e. Realists, Romanticists And Existentialists Respond
  • 2. Liberal Theologies Reconstruct Christianity In Light Of Modernity
  • 2.a. Friedrich Schleiermacher Launches A Copernican Revolution In Theology
  • 2.b. Albrecht Ritschl And His Disciples Accommodate To Modernity
  • 2.c. Ernst Troeltsch Relativizes Christianity
  • 2.d. Catholic Modernists Attempt To Bring Rome Up To Date
  • 3. Conservative Protestant Theology Defends Orthodoxy In A Modern Way
  • 4. Mediating Theologies Build Bridges Between Orthodoxy And Liberalism
  • 4a. Isaak August Dorner Bridges The Gap Between Liberal And Orthodox Theologies
  • 4b. Horace Bushnell Searches For A Progressive Orthodoxy
  • 5. Neo-orthodox/dialectical/kerygmatic Theologies Revive The Reformation In The Modern Context
  • 5.a. Karl Barth Drops A Bombshell On The Theologians’ Playground
  • 5.b. Rudolf Bultmann Existentializes And Demythologizes Christianity
  • 5.c. Reinhold Niebuhr Rediscovers Original Sin And Develops Christian Realism
  • 6. Chastened Liberal Theologies Renew And Revise The Dialogue With Modernity
  • 6.a. Paul Tillich Describes God As The Ground Of Being, A “god Above God”
  • 6.b. Process Theology Brings God Down To Earth
  • 7. Dietrich Bonhoeffer And Radical Theologians Envision A Religionless Christianity
  • 8. Theologians Look To The Future With Hope
  • 8.a. Jrgen Moltmann Renews Confidence In The Final Triumph Of God
  • 8.b. Wolfhart Pannenberg Revitalizes Rational Faith In History’s God
  • 9. Liberation Theologies Protest Injustice And Oppression
  • 10. Catholic Theologians Engage With Modernity
  • 10.a. Karl Rahner Finds God In Human Experience
  • 10.b. Hans Kng Advocates A New Paradigm Of Catholic Theology
  • 10.c. Hans Urs Von Balthasar Bases Christian Truth On Beauty
  • 11. Evangelical Theology Comes Of Age And Wrestles With Modernity
  • 12. Postmodern Theologians Rebel Against Modernity
  • 12.a. Postliberal Theologians And Stanley Hauerwas Develop A Third Way In Theology
  • 12.b. John Caputo Deconstructs Religion With The Kingdom Of God
  • Conclusion

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  • Catalogue Code 386491
  • Product Code 9780830840212
  • ISBN 0830840214
  • EAN 9780830840212
  • Pages 720
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Dec 2013
  • Sales Rank #60335
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 60 mm
  • Weight 0.001kg

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