Part I: Becoming a Theologian.
1. How God makes Theologians.
Astonishment and Theological Virtue.
Resurrection to Pentecost: Where Christian Theology Begins.
But Can You Study Theology without Having to Believe?.
2. Strange Calling: Theologians as Adventurers, Pirates, Mystics, and Sages.
Adventure: Continuing Conversion of the Theologian.
Piracy: Thinking Analogically.
Mystical Life: Interpreting Reality in Terms of God.
Wisdom: Thinking by Means of God’s Thoughts.
3. Divine Teaching and Christian Beliefs.
Theology’s Weakness and Wisdom’s Parting Gift.
Sacred Teaching: The Nature and Function of Christian Beliefs.
Visions of the Whole: Origen, Aquinas, and Barth.
How Not to Believe: The Dangers of Fantasy and Fanaticism.
Part II: Theology’s Search for Understanding.
4. Salvation: The Foundation of Christian Theology.
Why Start with Salvation?.
Salvation as the Basis for Christian Theology.
Identifying Different Approaches to the Mystery of Salvation.
5. Salvation: Meeting Heaven Face to Face.
Irenaeus: Salvation and New Creation.
Brief Interlude: A Crucial Difficulty in Soteriology.
Augustine and God’s Justice.
Anselm and the Divine Order.
On the Death of Christ: Orthodox, Feminist, and Girardian Concerns.
Salvation and the Paschal Mystery.
6. Divine Life: Trinity, Incarnation, and the Breathing of the Spirit.
Sheer Bliss: Why God Reveals Divine Life to be the Trinity.
Forgiveness and Abundance: Origins of Trinitarian Awareness.
The Life of the Incarnate Word and the Power of the Spirit.
The Developing Principles of Trinitarian Theology.
Augustine on the Mysterious Attraction of the Trinity: How to Read The Trinity.
Karl Barth on the God Who Loves in Freedom.
Questions in Trinitarian Theology Today.
The Trinity and Mystical Participation in God.
7. Creaturely Life: A Journey towards Beatitude.
Death No Longer Has Dominion: Creation’s Path in the Light of Easter.
Creation – Revelation – Sacrament.
Human Life – Ecclesial Life – Beatitude.
Thomas Aquinas on Creation: “A Representation of the Divine Wisdom”.
Blaise Pascal on Human Existence.
Two Disputed Questions.
The Human Calling in Creation.