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The Craft of Theology: From Symbol to System [Paperback]

By Avery Dulles (Author)
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Avery Dulles's theological career has spanned one of the most creative and confusing periods in the history of the church. With the goal of integrating new information from philosophy and the sciences into a deeper understanding of the world and society, the many theological schools pursued independent agendas, with the net effect of a loss of coherence. It is Fr. Dulles's contention that theological schools have drifted so far apart that what seems false and dangerous to one school seems almost self-evident to another. Theologians lack a common language, common goals, and common norms. Exploring the possibilities for greater consensus, The Craft of Theology illustrates how a "post-critical" theology can draw on the riches of Scripture and tradition as it reflects on the faith of the church in new contexts. Fr. Dulles discusses the freedom of theology within the university and sets forth principles for a fresh dialogue with philosophy, the sciences, and other Christian churches.

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Avery Dulles's theological career has spanned one of the most creative and confusing periods in the history of the church. With the goal of integrating new information from philosophy and the sciences into a deeper understanding of the world and society, the many theological schools pursued independent agendas, with the net effect of a loss of coherence. It is Fr. Dulles's contention that theological schools have drifted so far apart that what seems false and dangerous to one school seems almost self-evident to another. Theologians lack a common language, common goals, and common norms.

Exploring the possibilities for greater consensus, "The Craft of Theology" illustrates how a "post-critical" theology can draw on the riches of Scripture and tradition as it reflects on the faith of the church in new contexts. Fr. Dulles discusses the freedom of theology within the university and sets forth principles for a fresh dialogue with philosophy, the sciences, and other Christian churches.

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Studio: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2000
Publisher   The Crossroad Publishing Company
ISBN  0824514564  
ISBN13  9780824514563  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., the first U.S. theologian named to the College of Cardinals, is known both nationally and internationally as a preeminent Catholic scholar, teacher, and theologian. He lives in New York City and holds the McGinley Professorship of Religion and Society at Fordham University. His writings over the past half-century have helped to shape the face of theological reflection in the post-Vatican II Church.

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Collection of Essays  Jun 8, 2008
This book is a collection of essays written by Cardinal Dulles. On of the chapters I enjoyed best was about the strengths and weaknesses of Scholastic theology. Having been educated in this type of doing theology, Dulles acknowledges ten good things about it (pp. 42-43). He then compares the methodology of Scholasticism (controversial, argumentative, apologetical, deductive and inductive) with the methodology of present day theology (open to dialogue, inductive, hermeneutical, empirical, interested not only in the content of the faith, but in its dynamics and socio-political applications). In the book the reader will also learn about ten approaches to Scriptures; Hans Kung's christological presuppositions; and the transformative power of beliefs.
 

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