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Theology in the Public Square: Church, Academy, and Nation

Theology in the Public Square: Church, Academy, and Nation

Gavin D'Costa

ISBN: 978-1-118-71843-8

Apr 2013

264 pages

$44.99

Description

This imaginative study rethinks the nature of theology and its role in universities.
  • The author sketches out a fascinating project using examples from US and UK institutions, whereby theology becomes a transformative force within universities.
  • Imagines what a Christian university, in which all disciplines have been theologized, would look like.
  • Feeds into discussions about the religious identity of denominationally-linked colleges and universities.
  • Forms part of a wider attempt to imagine a vital public role for theology that enables it to serve both the Church and the wider community.
Preface.

1 Theology’s Babylonian Captivity in the Modern University.

2 Babylon in the Church: United States and England.

3 Cyrus Returns: Rebuilding the Temple in Babylon.

4 Why Theologians Must Pray for Release from Exile.

5 The Engagement of Virtue: a Theological Religious Studies.

6 The Marriage of the Disciplines: Explorations on the Frontier.

Epilogue: Theology: the Church at the Heart of the University Proclaiming the Word.

Bibliography.

Index.

""D'Costa sets out his argument with clarity and skill … An important book, relevant not only for discussions about the future of theology in the academy but of religion in public life."" (Theology)

""This is an important book and I hope augurs more interaction between out different Christian educational traditions."" (The Gospel and Our Culture)

""A well argued book … D'Costa has an invaluable argument on the key place of theology within the life of a faith. (Anvil)

""A stimulating read … Contains absorbing views on a wide range of current issues such as identity, secularization, ethics and politics … A timely and relevant challenge for those involved with Church or university theology in today's religiously volatile world."" (International Journal of Public Theology)


  • This thought-provoking study rethinks the nature of theology and its role in universities.

  • The author sketches out a fascinating project using examples from US and UK institutions, whereby theology becomes a transformative force within universities.

  • Imagines what a Christian university, in which all disciplines have been theologized, would look like.

  • Feeds into discussions about the religious identity of denominationally-linked colleges and universities.

  • Forms part of a wider attempt to imagine a vital public role for theology that enables it to serve both the Church and the wider community.