The Future of Christian Theology (Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos)

The Future of Christian Theology (Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos)

By: David F. Ford (author)Paperback

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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 todayOffers 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 faithsFeatures a strong interfaith and public theology dimension, and a contemporary portrait of the field from the insideA hopeful and illuminating search for wisdom and understanding in the increasingly complex religious and secular world of the twenty-first century.

About Author

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 Shape of Living (2002), Theology: A Very Short Introduction (2000) and Self and Salvation: Being Transformed (1999). He is also the Director of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme.


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.

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  • ISBN13: 9781405142731
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 254
  • ID: 9781405142731
  • weight: 376
  • ISBN10: 1405142731

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