The purpose of this volume is to offer a picture and examples of what it is that Christian theologians do and why and how they do it. These essays treat three areas of theological concern which constitute the parts of the book: the methods of theological procedure, the topics and questions addressed by theologians, and various applications of theological conclusions.
Owen C. Thomas is Professor Emeritus of Theology at Episcopal Divinity School.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I - Method; 1. On the Methodology and Sociology of Theology; 2. Theology and Experience; 3. Public Theology and Counter-Public Spheres; 4. On Stepping Twice into the Same Church; 5. On Doing Theology During a Romantic Movement; Part II - Topics; 6. Analogy at Impasse; 7. Being and Some Theologians; 8. Recent Thought on Divine Agency; Part III - Applications; 9. Interiority and Christian Spirituality; 10. Thought and Life: The Cases of Heidegger and Tillich; 11. Religious Plurality and Contemporary Philosophy; 12. Christianity and the Perennial Philosophy; 13. Tillich and the Perennial Philosophy; 14. Beatrice or Iseult? The Debate About Romantic Love; 15. Modern Science and Christian Faith; Bibliography; Name Index; Index.