Introducing university students to the academic discipline of Christian theology, this book serves as an orientation to "fundamental theology" from a Protestant perspective by addressing issues that are preliminary and foundational to the discipline in the context of a liberal arts university. The book also sets forth what has traditionally been called a "theological encyclopedia", that is, a description of the parts of Christian theology that together form the discipline into a unified academic subject. Finally, the book examines the relation of Christian theology to the arts and sciences within the university and underscores the need for critical and positive interaction with these other academic disciplines.
Matthew L. Becker is Associate Professor of Theology at Valparaiso University, USA. An ordained Lutheran minister, Dr. Becker has served congregations in Chicago and Oregon, USA. He is author of The Self-Giving God (T&T Clark, 2004).
Contents Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations Part I: Theology Chapter One: Ways into Theology Chapter Two: Traditions of Christianity Chapter Three: Traditions of Christian Theology Chapter Four: What is Christian Theology? Part II: The Subject of Christian Theology Chapter Five: The Problem of God Chapter Six: The Natural Knowledge of God Chapter Seven: Natural and Philosophical Theology Chapter Eight: Special Revelation Chapter Nine: Themes in Special Revelation Chapter Ten: Sources and Norms of Christian Theology Chapter Eleven: Interpreting the Bible Part III: Christian Theology within the University Chapter Twelve: The Shape of Christian Theology as a University Discipline Chapter Thirteen: The Sub-disciplines of Christian Theology Chapter Fourteen: Christian Theology within the Humanities Chapter Fifteen: Christian Theology and the Sciences Afterword by Dr. Martin E. Marty Appendix: Martin Luther, "Concerning the Study of Theology" Glossary of Names Glossary of Terms Bibliography Biblical Index Index of Persons Index of Subjects