Critical Theology

Critical Theology : Questions of Truth and Method

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"Critical Theology" is an account of some of the key issues facing contemporary theology, as well as an interpretation of some of the outstanding figures of 20th century thought. In the first part of the book, Jones examines the work of Barth, Harnack, Bonhoeffer, Rahner, Moltmann, Sobrino and Tracy. Against this backcloth Jones develops, in Part Two, an interpretation of the structure, dynamic and perspective of Christian theology in terms of mystery, event and rhetoric. Using these terms to construct a framework for critical theology, Jones offers a new agenda for discussing the task of the Christian theologian in the late 20th century. This book challenges theology to think seriously about how it addresses the social and cultural concerns of its audience as well as the context of religious pluralism within which it operates.
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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 527g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • bibliography, index
  • 0745608787
  • 9780745608785

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1. What is "Critical Theology"? 2. Mystery, Event, Rhetoric: Initial Definitions 3. "Taking Revelation Seriously" Part I: The Roots of Critical Theology in the Twentieth Century Chapter 1: Harnack and Barth - On First Principles Introduction 1. The Christian Life 1.1 1923 in Outline 1.2 Harnack's Fifteen Questions 1.3 Barth's Fifteen Answers 2 Mystery as First Principle 2.1 The Message of the Gospel 2.2 The Scope of Christology 2.3 The Meaning and Place of Religion 2.4 The Task of Theology 2.5 The Role of Education 3 Preliminary Conclusions Chapter 2: Bonhoeffer - Naming the Crisis of the World Introduction 1. From 1923 to 1944 1.1 fides qua creditur and fides quae creditur 1.2 The Spirituality of Mystery 2. The Christology of 1933 2.1 The Scope of Christology 2.2 Contextualising Mystery and Event 3. A Letter from Prison 4. Conclusion: The Reductive Drift of Bonhoeffer's Christianity Chapter 3: Moltmann and Rahner - The Presence of Eternity Introduction 1. Jurgen Moltmann 1.1 Moltmann's Philosophy of Theology: The Crucified God 1.2 The Particularity of the Cross 1.3 The Cross as Focus of Faith and Society 2. Karl Rahner 2.1 The Cross as Creative Event 2.2 Love and Death as Ontological Categories 3. Conclusion: The Task of Theology - Ontological Reflection or Critical Theory? Chapter 4: Sobrino - Understanding a Liberated Faith Introduction 1. Sobrino's Philosophical Presuppositions 2. God as the Mystery of the World in Sobrino's Theology 3. Sobrino's Image of Jesus 3.1 Jesus' Way to the Cross: Principal Components 3.2 The Slide from History to the Contemporary 3.3 The Place of the Kingdom 3.4 The Kingdom in Action 4. The Implications of Sobrino's Theology 4.1 Spirituality and Mystery 4.2 The Future of Christology 4.2.1 The Contemporary Viability of Objectivism 4.2.2 The Turn to Pluralism 4.2.3 The Priority of Rhetoric 5. Conclusion: Addressing Liberation Chapter 5: Tracy - Halting the Postmodernist Slide Introduction 1. Tracy's Basic Position: Revisionist Theology 2. Christology and Revisionist Theology 3. The Shape of Theology in Tracy's World 4. Theology as Rhetoric 5. Conclusion: Where to begin and End? Part II: The Scope and Task of Critical Theology Chapter 6: Mystery - The Spiritual Primacy of Immanence Introduction 1. Some Rejected Definitions of Mystery 1.1 Barth: The Truth Claims of Eschatological Realism 1.2 Rahner: The Shift to Theological Anthropology 1.3 Tracy: The Priority of Narrative 2. Time and Mystery 2.1 Time/Past: Ontology and the Question of Completeness 2.2 Time/Present: The Temporal Context of Knowledge 2.3 Time/Future: Meaning and Change 3. Grace and Time: Theology's Witness to Mystery 3.1 Spirit 3.2 Kingdom 3.3 Trinity 4. Conclusion: Mystery and Trinity Chapter 7: Event - Christ and the Predicament of Scale Introduction 1. Mapping Grace: The Dynamic Nature of Christology 1.1 Ontology: The Completed Event 1.2 Epistemology: The Incomplete Event 1.3 Semantics: The Future Meaning of E... (Part Contents).
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