ISBN : 9780199679973
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This Very Short Introduction provides both the believer and non-believer with a balanced survey of the central questions of theology. David Ford's approach draws us in to considering the principles underlying religious belief, including the centrality of salvation to most major religions, the concept of God in ancient, modern, and postmodern contexts, the challenge posed to theology by prayer and worship, and the issue of sin and evil. He also probes the nature of experience, knowledge, and wisdom in theology, and discusses what is involved in interpreting theological texts.
In this new edition, Ford considers the contemporary relevance of theology, including the effect of globalization and digitized communication, examines the theological responses to change and development in science, considers the impact of increased engagement between Islam and the West, and looks at the development and importance of theology between the different faiths.
Part 1: Describing the field
1: Introduction: Theology and the religions in transformation
2: Theology and religious studies: how is the field shaped?
Part 2: Theological explorations
3: Thinking of God
4: Living before God: worship, ethics, and politics
5: Facing evil
6: Jesus Christ
7: Salvation - scope, intensity, and dialogues
Part 3: Skills, disciplines, and methods
8: Through the past to the present: history and texts
9: Experience, reason, and wisdom
Part 4: Prospects
10: Theology for the third millennium
It is written in an extremely accesible, interesting and fresh style and this combined with its 'safely' othodox but balanced tone will make it a useful aid to assisting a range of people. - Ray Gaston, Theology November/December 1999