There has long been a need for a comprehensive but truly introductory single-authored textbook in theology. By introducing the reader to the biblical, doctrinal and contemporary dimensions of Christianity with the help of illustrated examples from selected primary texts, the book provides an excellent grounding in theology for both students of the discipline and the general reader. The work explores key 'tools' for the scientific study of theology, endeavouring both to affirm the rationale behind Christian thinking, and also to familiarize the reader with significant contrary positions. The solid foundations in biblical theology and hermeneutics given in the book will enable students to read Judeo-Christian scripture intelligently. Key testimonies regarding Jesus Christ are scrutinized and the nature of the New Testament discussed. As well as the emergence of doctrinal orthodoxy and the later disagreements which have shaped contemporary Christianity, the reader will become familiar with the dimensions of current Christian thinking in its dialogue with post-modernity.
Anthony Towey has spent over 20 years teaching and lecturing in theology at every level. A skilled communicator, he is a former Academic Tutor of the English College, Rome, and currently Head of the School of Theology, Philosophy and History at St Mary's University College, London.
INTRODUCTION AND TANAK 1. THEOLOGY - Thoughtful conversation about God 2. GENESIS - God, Creation and Humanity 3. TORAH - Covenant, Exodus and the Law 4. NEB'IM - Prophets, Kings & Exile 5. KETUBIM - Priests, Poets & Wisdom NEW TESTAMENT 6. GOSPELS - Jesus as Messiah 7. GOSPELS - Theology of the Kingdom 8. GOSPELS - Death & Resurrection 9. ACTS - The Way of the Lord 10. PAUL - Religious Revolutionary 11. JOHN - Theology & Witness CLASSICAL 12. CANON - Scriptures & Theology 13. CREED - Kerygma to Creed 14. COUNCILS - Councils & Controversy 15. ECCLESIOLOGY - New Israel, New Church, New Empire? 16. CLASSICAL - Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas 17. SACRAMENTS - Biblical & Scholastic Synthesis 18. REFORMATION - Ecclesiology in Three Dimensions MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY 19. THEOLOGY `versus' PHILOSOPHY 20. THEOLOGY `versus' SCIENCE 21. THEOLOGY `versus' ANTHROPOLOGY 22. DIALOGUES in Different Voices 23. DIALOGUES in Ethics 24. DIALOGUES in Faith 25. DIALOGUE & the Future