Unapologetic Theology

Unapologetic Theology

THEOLOGY In Unapologetic Theology : A Christian Voice in a Pluralistic Conversation , William C. Placher examines religion and the search for truth in a pluralistic society . Among the issues he considers are science and its relation to ...

Author: William Carl Placher

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664250645

Category: Religion

Page: 178

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In Unapologetic Theology, William Placher examines religion and the search for truth in a pluralistic society. Among the issues he considers are science and its relation to belief, dialogue among various religions, and the theological method.
Categories: Religion

Christian Realism and the New Realities

Christian Realism and the New Realities

24 Unapologetic theology rejects the task assigned to “apologetics” in the conventional ordering of theological subdisciplines. It regards efforts to make a case for Christian beliefs in terms already accepted by some other audience as ...

Author: Robin W. Lovin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521841948

Category: Philosophy

Page: 231

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Are religion and public life really separate spheres of human activity? Should they be? In this book, Robin W. Lovin criticizes contemporary political and theological views that separate religion from public life as though these areas were systematically opposed and makes the case for a more integrated understanding of modern society. Such an understanding can be underpinned by 'Christian realism', which encourages responsible engagement with social and political problems from a distinctive perspective. Drawing on the work of Rawls, Galston, Niebuhr, and Bonhoeffer, Lovin argues that the responsibilities of everyday life are a form of politics. Political commitment is no longer confined to the sphere of law and government, and a global ethics arises from the decisions of individuals. This book will foster a better understanding of contemporary political thought among theologians and will introduce readers primarily interested in political thought to relevant developments in recent theology.
Categories: Philosophy

Postliberal Theology A Guide for the Perplexed

Postliberal Theology  A Guide for the Perplexed

Placher, Unapologetic Theology: A Christian Voice in a Pluralistic Conversation, p. 163; David Kelsey, To Understand God Truly: What's Theological About a Theological School? (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1992), pp. 218–19.

Author: Ronald T. Michener

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567402080

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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Postliberal theology is a movement in contemporary theology that rejects both the Enlightenment appeal to a 'universal rationality' and the liberal assumption of an immediate religious experience common to all humanity. The movement initially began in the 1980's with its association to Yale Divinity School. Theologians such as Hans Frei, Paul Holmer, David Kelsey, and George Lindbeck were influential and were significantly influenced by theologians such as Karl Barth, Clifford Geertz, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Postliberalism uses a narrative approach to theology, such as developed by Hans Frei, and argues that all thought and experience is historically and socially mediated. Michener provide the reader with an accessible introductory overview of the origins, current thought, potential problems, and future possibilities of postliberal theology. The basic philosphical and theological background are be briefly discussed, along with the seminal and predominant theologians identified with the movement. Michener shows how postliberalism emerges from the context of the postmodern critique of Enlightenment rationalism and empiricism. Postliberal theology is extremely critical of classical liberal theology, rather than an advancement of its agenda.
Categories: Religion

Clear and Definite Words

Clear and Definite Words

Placher, Unapologetic Theology, 13. 10. Ibid., 106. 11. Ibid., 169. 12. Stout, Ethics After Babel, 74–75; Placher, Unapologetic Theology, 67. 13. Hawking, Short History of Time. 14. Placher, Unapologetic Theology, 106. 15. Ibid., 160.

Author: Ronald G. Goetz

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630876517

Category: Religion

Page: 158

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Clear and Definite Words is a lucid exposure of the present confusion within theological discourse. It charges and proves that avoiding or equivocating on the question of ontology is impossible. It thus undermines the premise of much theological discourse today and lays the way for greater theological clarity and commitment. This book goes head-to-head with great forcefulness and passion against anyone and anything that has served to impede the right of theology to speak with clear and definite words.
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Political Theology for a Plural Age

Political Theology for a Plural Age

Notice, then, that liberal political theorists are trying to do the same thing by excluding theological language ... unapologetic theologians agree that “the whole truth” cannot be embodied in politics, but political theorists try to ...

Author: Michael Jon Kessler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199773046

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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New challenges that emerged in the postwar era have given rise to ongoing debate about the place of religion in public life, in the United States and in other established democracies, and this debate has dramatically reshaped the way scholars, policymakers, and religious leaders think about political theology. Political Theology for a Plural Age examines historic and contemporary understandings of political engagement in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, engaging political theologies not merely as a set of theoretical concepts but as religious beliefs and principles that motivate specific political action. The essays in this volume, written by leading thinkers and practitioners within each tradition and their secular counterparts, examine a number of core issues at the intersection of religion and politics. They contest the definition of political theology, establish a common discourse across the three Abrahamic traditions, and closely examine how globalization, secularization, and pluralism affect the construction and plausibility of political theologies. Finally, they offer insight into how political theologies might adapt to the shared global challenges of the twenty-first century.
Categories: Religion

Theology between Church University and Society

Theology between Church  University and Society

Operating within plural society , revisionist theology is engaged in philosophical reflection upon common human ... The New Pluralism in Theology ( New York : Seabury Press , 1975 ) , quoted in Placher , Unapologetic Theology , 155 .

Author: N.F.M. Schreurs

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004494459

Category: Religion

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Discourses in Mormon Theology

Discourses in Mormon Theology

David Tracy, The Blessed Rage for Order: The New Pluralism in Theology (New York: Seabury Press, 1975), 34. Quoted in William Placher, Unapologetic Theology: A Christian Voice in a Pluralistic Conversation (Louisville: Westminster/John ...

Author: James M. McLachlan

Publisher: Greg Kofford Books

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 301

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A mere two hundred years old, Mormonism is still in its infancy compared to other theological disciplines (Judaism, Catholicism, Buddhism, etc.). This volume will introduce its reader to the rich blend of theological viewpoints that exist within Mormonism. The essays break new ground in Mormon studies by exploring the vast expanse of philosophical territory left largely untouched by traditional approaches to Mormon theology. It presents philosophical and theological essays by many of the finest minds associated with Mormonism in an organized and easy-to-understand manner and provides the reader with a window into the fascinating diversity amongst Mormon philosophers. Open-minded students of pure religion will appreciate this volume’s thoughtful inquiries. These essays were delivered at the first conference of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology. James M. McLachlan - Theological and Philosophical Possibilities of the Mormon Religion Grant Underwood - A “Communities of Discourse” Approach to Early LDS Thought James M. McLachlan - The Modernism Controversy: William Henry Chamberlin, His Teachers Howison and Royce, and the Conception of God Debate Richard Sherlock - Prayer and Divine Attributes Brian D. Birch - Theological Method and the Question of Truth: A Postliberal Approach to Mormon Doctrine and Practice Blake T. Ostler - The Relation of Moral Obligation and God in LDS Thought Benjamin Huff - Theology in the One-Room Schoolhouse Kelli Potter - Liberation Theology in the Book of Mormon Margaret M. Toscano - Is There a Place for Heavenly Mother in Mormon Theology? An Investigation into Discourses of Power Adam S. Miller - Messianic History: Walter Benjamin and the Book of Mormon James E. Faulconer - On Scripture, or Idolatry versus True Religion Robert L. Millet - What Do We Really Believe? Identifying Doctrinal Parameters within Mormonism
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Theology and the Quest for Truth

Theology and the Quest for Truth

As William Placher notes in his landmark work , Unapologetic Theology , “ A good many people – myself included – have encouraged theologians to abandon their preoccupation with methodology and get on with the business of really doing ...

Author: Mathijs Lamberigts

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 904291873X

Category: Religion

Page: 305

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In 2001, three research groups from the field of systematic theology and church history at the Faculty of Theology, K.U.Leuven, decided to join forces in an interdisciplinary project, entitled: "Orthodoxy: Process and Product". The main aim of this project consists of a "church-historical and systematic-theological study of the determination of truth in church and theology". Senior and junior scholars from the three groups agreed to take this theme as the starting point and leading question from which the many research projects they are engaged in, could be brought into relationship and - as far as possible - integrated. Although the question for theological truth already structured the research being conducted in the three groups to a significant degree, joining forces promised the realisation of a surplus-value, and this both through the gathering of a considerable critical mass (in total more than thirty junior and senior researchers) and the interdisciplinary design of the project. In this volume a first collection of contributions to this project, from a diversity of angles and research subjects, is presented. In these contributions scholars from the participating research groups investigate the implications of the overall research question for their particular line of research and research methodologies, and suggest how from this specific research the overall question may be refined and elements of answering it can be provided.
Categories: Religion

The Journey of Modern Theology

The Journey of Modern Theology

27 Fourth, postliberal theologians believe contemporary Christianity must recover the stance that “the Bible absorbs the world . ... 26William Placher, Unapologetic Theology: A Christian Voice in a Pluralistic Conversation (Louisville, ...

Author: Roger E. Olson

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830864843

Category: Religion

Page: 720

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In this major revision and expansion of the classic 20th Century Theology (1992), coauthored with Stanley J. Grenz, Roger Olson tells the full story of modern theology from Descartes to Caputo, from the Kantian revolution to postmodernism, now recast in terms of how theologians have accommodated or rejected modernity.
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Essays in Postfoundationalist Theology

Essays in Postfoundationalist Theology

What could this postfoundational move now mean for theological reflection? ... William C. Placher, Unapologetic Theology: A Christian Voice in a Pluralist Conversation (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989). 67. Placher, 13.

Author: Jacobus Wentzel Van Huyssteen

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802843098

Category: Religion

Page: 285

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This collection of essays boldly addresses many of the challenges faced by Christian theology in the context of contemporary postmodern thought. Handling abstract topics in a remarkably clear and concise way, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen presses the case for a "postfoundationalist theology" as a viable third option beyond the extremes of foundationalism and nonfoundationalism. Van Huyssteen discusses themes related to rationality, epistemology, and philosophy of science. In the process he critically engages the work of such thinkers as Wolfhart Pannenberg, Nancey Murphy, Jerome Stone, and Gerd Theissen. The result is a convincing argument that only a truly accessible and philosophically credible notion of interdisciplinarity will be able to pave the way for a plausible public theology that can play an important intellectual role in our fragmented culture today.
Categories: Religion