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Shaping Theology: Engagements in a Religious and Secular World

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7721-4
280 pages
December 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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This is an innovative book about the shape theology takes in its varied interactions – religious and secular, local and global, historical and contemporary, academic and practical.

  • An innovative book about the shape of theology in reaction to its relationship with the Church, with theologians, with other religions, and with the university
  • Written by David Ford, recognized internationally as one of the most creative of contemporary theologians
  • Considers how theology shapes other areas of life via its conversations in the public sphere and with non-faith communities
  • Views theology as both a way of thinking and a way of living, and considers how this lived character cannot be entirely grasped through reason alone
  • The first volume to bring together a complete and well-rounded account of theology’s interaction with all its conversation partners.
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Acknowledgements.

Prologue.

Part I: The Wisdom of Theology.

1. Theology.

2. A Long Rumour of Wisdom. Redescribing Theology.

Part II: Wisdom among the Religions.

3. Faith and Change: A Christian Understanding.

4. Reading Scripture with Intensity: Academic, Ecclesial, Interfaith, and Divine.

5. Developing Scriptural Reasoning Further: Reflections on Scripture, Reason and the Contemporary Islam--West Encounter.

Part III: Wisdom in the University.

6. Knowledge, Meaning and the World's Great Challenges: Reinventing Cambridge University in the Twenty-first Century.

7. Faith and Universities in a Religious and Secular World.

Part IV: Theological Interpretation of the Bible.

8. Divine Initiative, Human Response, and Wisdom: Interpreting 1 Corinthians Chapters 1--3.

9. Barth's Interpretation of the Bible.

Part IV: Thinking Further -- Theological Topics.

10. The God of Blessing Who Loves in Wisdom.

11. Tragedy and Atonement.

12. Apophasis and the Shoah: Where was Jesus Christ at Auschwitz?.

Conclusion: Twelve Theses for Christian Theology in the Twenty-first Century.

Index
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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.
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  • An innovative book about the shape of theology in reaction to its relationship with the Church, with theologians, with other religions, and with the university
  • Written by David Ford, recognized internationally as one of the most creative of contemporary theologians
  • Considers how theology shapes other areas of life via its conversations in the public sphere and with non-faith communities
  • Views theology as both a way of thinking and a way of living, and considers how this lived character cannot be entirely grasped through reason alone
  • The first volume to bring together a complete and well-rounded account of theology’s interaction with all its conversation partners.
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“The strength of the book … lies in Ford’s exploration of the disconnect between the secularized university and a world in which the majority continue to identify with a religious tradition. His clear historical summaries make the book accessible to a broader university community.” (Religious Studies Review, March 2010)

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