By David F. Ford, Rachel Muers
Like its spouse quantity from Blackwell (`The Medieval Theologians'), this article, `The sleek Theologians', edited via David Ford, offers an excellent in-depth and broad-ranging advent to 20th century theology. in reality, the fashionable interval which Ford delineates is post-World struggle I to the current; in lots of methods, the 1st international warfare supplied a defining turning aspect for far of highbrow background, and theology used to be no exception. Ford admits that the choice technique could be a little arguable - in any historical past or survey, the quantity of fabric excluded is usually big - yet is essentially dependent upon these theologians who either lined the broadest diversity of issues and/or are presently studied in earnest via students, theologians and others in universities, seminaries, and non secular institutions.
This is a e-book on Christian theology, now not a comparative religions textual content, however it does conceal the most branches of Christianity, glossy theology established upon character, geography, and theological technique. the 1st part examines the lives and paintings of a few of the main major theological voices to dominate the century, so much of whom have been eu (no shock, given the dominance of the ecu voices within the eighteenth and 19th centuries as well). those humans contain Roman Catholics and Protestants - Congar, de Lubac, Rahner, Balthasar, Schillebeeckx, and Kung at the Catholic part, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Jungel, Bultmann, tillich, Pannenberg and Moltmann at the Protestant facet.
The moment via fourth sections examine theologies according to geography - theology from Britain, theologies of North the US (arguably one of many basic centres of theology as we input the twenty-first century), and theologies from Latin the United States, Africa, and Asia, crucial untapped domain names with powerful capability, probably poised to surpass the normal Western lands because the realm of inventive and robust theological endeavours. one of the issues right here contain the cross-disciplinary features of theology as undertaken in Britain (theology and historical past, theology and philosophy, theology and culture/society), other kinds of liberation theology (Black theology, Hispanic theology, local American, Womanist, Feminist theologies, as well as the unique Latin American), in addition to contextual theologies bobbing up from so-termed 3rd global countries, and the newly constructing realm of postliberal and postmodern theology.
The ultimate 4 sections examine key issues - Evangelical theology at the one hand and Orthodox theology at the different (the article on Orthodox theology was once written by means of the now-Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams); connections among the Bible and theology, theology because it addresses kin with different religions on the earth, and Judaism specifically; and the relationship of theology to the ordinary sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.
The participants to this quantity themselves represent an important choice of significant glossy voices in educational theology. as well as the above-mentioned Williams are recognized students reminiscent of Graham Ward, Rebecca Chopp, Peter Ochs, Peter Sedgwick, Werner Jeanrond, Daniel Hardy, William Placher and Ann Loades.
Ford's personal essay because the Epilogue offers and fascinating ahead investigate the tendencies of theology almost immediately entering play. He addresses key questions of theological research - the connection with God and fact, the putting of theology within the academy and/or church buildings as actual, and the last word query, regularly helpful, of simply who does theology?
Each essay is splendidly annotated with notes and bibliography for additional study, making this an incredible device for college kids and students. there's a chart on the finish of an inventory of dates for putting the foremost theologians of the 20 th century in right order and context with different global occasions. The word list is especially invaluable for college kids of theology, and the index is especially good performed.
Blackwell has a powerful attractiveness as a writer of caliber theological and different scholarly works, and this quantity, the second one version of a textual content first released within the Eighties, has the entire hallmarks of this deserved reputation.