"Revelation and Reason" brings together a collection of Colin Gunton's lectures, in a volume that highlights the creative thought of a widely read theologian and philosopher.Colin Gunton was a world renowned scholar, systematic theologian and Reformed Church minister. "Revelation and Reason" is an in-depth analysis, derived from the annual lecture/seminar course he gave to MA students at King's College London. Approximately one-third of the work is a direct transcript, and analysis of the three two-hour lectures Colin Gunton gave at a break-neck speed: 'From Reason and Revelation to Revelation And Reason'; 'The Modern Problem in an Historical Context'; and, 'Aspects of Karl Barth on Faith And Reason'. These lectures were a history, analysis and critique of Revelation and Reason in Systematic Theology and Philosophy, culminating with Karl Barth. The remainder is a transcript of the unrehearsed, unscripted, extemporary responses Colin Gunton gave to MA student's papers on set topics in the "Revelation and Reason" course, seamlessly integrated, where relevant, with detail from the main three lectures.Colin was a creative lecturer and widely read theologian and philosopher.
These extemporary responses show the breadth of his learning, and his genius spontaneously to bring to mind relevant ideas from a wealth of theologians and philosophers, whilst incisively and piercingly exposing the flaws as well as the strengths under consideration. From this wealth of reading, Colin gave space to the free rein of his mind particularly when fielding questions or trying to analyze a particular strand of a theologian's thought."Revelation and Reason" is a complementary volume to Colin Gunton's posthumously published "The Barth Lectures" (Continuum 2007) and to the first volume of his unfinished "Systematic Theology", also forthcoming from T&T Clark.
Colin E. Gunton was Professor of Christian Doctrine, King's College, London, UK, and a Minister of the United Reformed Church. Paul Brazier holds a degree in Fine Art, in Education and also Theology; a teacher for 20 years. He recently completed a PhD on Barth, Thurneysen and Dostoevsky (Paternoster 2007). Christoph Schwoebel is Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Tubingen, Germany. Stephen Holmes is Lecturer in Theology at The University of St Andrews, UK. He has published extensively in the field of Christian theology and has previously collaborated with Colin Gunton in The Practice of Theology, SCM Press, 2001.
Part One: From Reason and Revelation to Revelation and Reason; Chapter 1 Christian Doctrine and Systemization; Chapter 2 Subjectivity and Objectification; Chapter 3 Revelation, Mediation and Scripture; Part Two: The Modern Problem in an Historical Context; Chapter 4 Revelation and Reason, Theology and Inspiration; Chapter 5 An Historical Perspective 1: apocalypsis et ratio; Chapter 6 An Historical Perspective 2: The Triumph of Reason?; Part Three: Aspects of Karl Barth on Faith and Reason; Chapter 7 Barth: Theological Self-Consciousness after Kant; Chapter 8 Barth: Revelation and Reason 1 - a Theology of Demolition?; Chapter 9 Barth: Revelation and Reason 2 - a Theology of Construction?