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The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology in the twentieth century, Second Edition (The Great Theologians) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0631195917
ISBN-10: 0631195912
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Reviews from the first edition:

"An excellent textbook overview of the theology of our time ... comprehensive, clearly written, fair and most informative." Journal of Religion

"A distinguished and outstanding work." Theology

From the Back Cover

This is a thoroughly revised and expanded edition of The Modern Theologians, first published in 1989, and is now available in a single volume. The Modern Theologians provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the main Christian theologies of the twentieth century, and is the ideal text for students at universities, colleges and seminaries.

Each chapter is written by a leading modern theologian and gives a clear picture of a particular movement, topic or individual theologian. It also furthers the critical debates in the field.

The new edition includes many new distinguished contributors and new chapters on French theology, black and Hispanic theology, African theology, biblical and hermeneutical theology, theologies of mission, postmodern theology, Judaism and Christian theology, theology and the natural sciences, theology and the social sciences, and theology and the arts. The new edition also includes expanded treatment of feminist and womanist theologies. The volume editor gives a full introduction to twentieth century theology and concludes with an appraisal of Christian theology at the turn of the millennium.


Product Details

  • Series: The Great Theologians
  • Hardcover: 772 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (January 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631195912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631195917
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,348,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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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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.
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