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The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology Since 1918 (The Great Theologians) [Paperback]

By David F. Ford (Editor) & Rachel Muers (With)
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"An excellent textbook overview of the theology of our time---comprehensive, clearly written, fair, and most informative,"---Journal of Religion. Covers Barth to Tillich, von Balthasar to Rahner, Niebuhr to Pannenberg; there are also full discussions of topics such as hermeneutics, science, and the visual arts. 832 pages, softcover. Blackwell.

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This popular text has been updated to ensure that it continues to provide a current and comprehensive overview of the main Christian theologies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Each chapter is written by a leading theologian and gives a clear picture of a particular movement, topic or individual.
New and updated treatments of topics covered in earlier editions, with over half the chapters new to this edition or revised by new authors.
New section singling out six classic theologians of the twentieth century
Expanded treatment of the natural sciences, gender, Roman Catholic theology since Vatican II, and African, Asian and Evangelical theologies
Completely new chapters on spirituality, pastoral theology, philosophical theology, postcolonial biblical interpretation, Pentecostal theology, Islam and Christian theology, Buddhism and Christian theology, and theology and film
As in previous editions, the text opens with a full introduction to modern theology.
Epilogue discussing the present situation and prospects of Christian theology in the twenty-first century.

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Studio: Wiley-Blackwell
Pages   819
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.52" Width: 6.72" Height: 2.36"
Weight:   3.23 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   Wiley-Blackwell
Series  Great Theologians  
ISBN  1405102772  
ISBN13  9781405102773  

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More About David F. Ford & Rachel Muers

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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 Modern Theologians, 3rd edition (edited with Rachel Muers, Blackwell, 2005), and Theology: A Very Short Introduction (2000). He is a member of the editorial board of a number of major journals, including Modern Theology and Scottish Journal of Theology.

David F. Ford has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Cambridge, UK University of Cambridge University of Camb.

David F. Ford has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Blackwell Manifestos (Paperback)
  2. Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine
  3. Challenges in Contemporary Theology
  4. Directions in Modern Theology

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The century just past...  Apr 23, 2004
Like its companion volume from Blackwell (`The Medieval Theologians'), this text, `The Modern Theologians', edited by David Ford, provides a wonderful in-depth and broad-ranging introduction to twentieth century theology. In fact, the modern period which Ford delineates is post-World War I to the present; in many ways, the first world war provided a defining turning point for much of intellectual history, and theology was no exception. Ford admits that the selection process might be somewhat controversial - in any history or survey, the amount of material excluded is always vast - but is largely based upon those theologians who both covered the broadest range of topics and/or are currently studied in earnest by scholars, theologians and others in universities, seminaries, and religious institutions.

This is a book on Christian theology, not a comparative religions text, but it does cover the main branches of Christianity, looking at modern theology based upon personality, geography, and theological approach. The first section examines the lives and work of some of the most significant theological voices to dominate the century, most of whom were European (no surprise, given the dominance of the European voices in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as well). These people include Roman Catholics and Protestants - Congar, de Lubac, Rahner, Balthasar, Schillebeeckx, and Kung on the Catholic side, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Jungel, Bultmann, tillich, Pannenberg and Moltmann on the Protestant side.

The second through fourth sections look at theologies based on geography - theology from Britain, theologies of North America (arguably one of the primary centres of theology as we enter the twenty-first century), and theologies from Latin America, Africa, and Asia, essential untapped domains with strong potential, perhaps poised to surpass the traditional Western lands as the realm of creative and strong theological endeavours. Among the topics here include the cross-disciplinary aspects of theology as undertaken in Britain (theology and history, theology and philosophy, theology and culture/society), different kinds of liberation theology (Black theology, Hispanic theology, Native American, Womanist, Feminist theologies, in addition to the original Latin American), as well as contextual theologies arising from so-termed third world nations, and the newly developing realm of postliberal and postmodern theology.

The final four sections look at key topics - Evangelical theology on the one hand and Orthodox theology on the other (the article on Orthodox theology was written by the now-Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams); connections between the Bible and theology, theology as it addresses relations with other religions in the world, and Judaism in particular; and the connection of theology to the natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts.

The contributors to this volume themselves constitute a significant collection of major modern voices in academic theology. In addition to the above-mentioned Williams are well-known scholars such as Graham Ward, Rebecca Chopp, Peter Ochs, Peter Sedgwick, Werner Jeanrond, Daniel Hardy, William Placher and Ann Loades.

Ford's own essay as the Epilogue provides and interesting forward look into the trends of theology presently coming into play. He addresses key questions of theological study - the relationship with God and truth, the placing of theology in the academy and/or churches as authentic, and the ultimate question, always worthwhile, of just who does theology?

Each essay is wonderfully annotated with notes and bibliography for further research, making this an ideal tool for students and scholars. There is a chart at the end of a list of dates for placing the major theologians of the twentieth century in proper order and context with other world events. The glossary is very useful for students of theology, and the index is very well done.

Blackwell has a strong reputation as a publisher of quality theological and other scholarly works, and this volume, the second edition of a text first published in the 1980s, has all the hallmarks of this deserved fame.

An essential roadmap for 20th century theology  Feb 16, 2004
Theology aims to reveal something about God. Perhaps it succeeds, occasionally, in this enterprise. My guess, however, is that theology is more revelatory of humans (and so, indirectly, of God). The theological enterprise sheds light on the best and the worst in us. The best is a yearning, a striving, for that which is good and complete and life-giving. In doing theology, we make our intellects and hearts instruments in the service of that for which we yearn. Good theology is poetry. The worst, on the other hand, is a will-to-power, an arrogant urge to build a Babelesque Tower, invade heaven, and capture (with sophisticated words and theories) God. Movement from the best to the worst is always a theological temptation. Few theologians completely resist it.

This collection of essays about the major 20th century theologians nicely illustrates both the best and the worst. The essays for the most part are wonderfully written--they provide good surveys with a minimum of arcane theological vocabulary, and they nicely place the discussed figures in relation with their times and with one another. The scope of the essays is also welcome, ranging from the Barthian rejection of neo-Protestant liberalism at the beginning of the century to David Ford's forward-looking essay on theological directions in the new millennium. Liberation theologies, feminist theologies, evangelical theologies, as well as the alternately fruitful or antagonistic relationship between theology and world religions, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts, are also examined. Throughout, I found myself amazed by the incredible insights of some theologians and horrified at the intellectualistic hubris of others. Maybe this is a healthy response to theology: excitement at its promise, occasional weariness with its pretensions.

For both the beginning student of theology as well as more seasoned ones looking for a convenient and reliable summae, this volume is the best I've discovered. Highly recommended (even though, as with all Blackwell books, it's horribly over-priced).

An excellent overview ...  Dec 8, 1999
Of the often confusing world of 20th century theology. 20th century theology often feels like an orchestra that's warming up before a symphony. Complete and utter chaos! Not everyone is playing the same tune, nor are they coming from the same perspective. Pluralism is the order of the day. I consider this my hitchiker's guide.

It is a set of essays of professional journal quality, written experts on the respective topics they are writing on. There are sections on specific theologians (e.g Barth, Bultmann, Tillich, Moltmann, Pannenberg, Jungel, Kung, Balthasar, Rahner, etc.), specific topics (Judaism & Christian theology, evangelicalism, theology & science, hermeneutics, postliberalism, feminist theology, liberation theology, etc.). Basically, all the major people & movements you should ever know about.


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