Issues in Contemporary Christian Thought A Fortress Introduction

ISBN-10: 0800696654
ISBN-13: 9780800696658
Edition: 2011
Authors: Duane Olson
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Description: Olson's clear and concise overview roots contemporary questions firmly in Christian responses to the Enlightenment. He discusses the range of contemporary opinions, their rationales, and what's at stake. Olson illustrates these alternate frameworks  More...

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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 4/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Olson's clear and concise overview roots contemporary questions firmly in Christian responses to the Enlightenment. He discusses the range of contemporary opinions, their rationales, and what's at stake. Olson illustrates these alternate frameworks as they play out in central concerns over the being of God in relation to the universe, how to understand the figure of Christ today, and the distinctively new notions of being human. Specifically geared to the novice theologue in college or seminary settings, Olson's text includes Reflection/Research Questions, Suggestions for Further Reading, and a Glossary.

Preface
Understanding Contemporary Christian Thought
Setting the Stage: Christianity and the Developments of Modernity
The Enlightenment and the Development of Critical and Autonomous Reason
Historical Criticism of the Bible
The Two Main Hypotheses of Historical Criticism
Theological Questions and Challenges Raised by Historical Criticism
Surveying the Field: Options in Contemporary Christian Thought
Biblical Literalism
Evidence for Truth
Biblical Literalists in the United States
Theological Literalism
Faith and Reason
Theological Literalists in the United States
Theological Reinterpreters
Panentheism and Its Implications
The Place of Theological Reinterpreters in the Church
Classical Christian Thought and Contemporary Transformations
God and Cosmology
Biblical and Greek Roots of the Christian Idea of God
Transformations in Reflection on God during the Enlightenment
Justifying Belief in God in the Contemporary Period
Limits of Rational Thought: Barth
Awareness of God through Ultimate Concern: Tillich
God and God's Relation to the Universe in Panentheism
Human Language about God
Metaphors of God and the Analogy of Being
Human Language about God and Contemporary Theology
Christ and History
Historical Background: Jewish Hopes for a Messiah
The Development of Classical Christology
Historical Background: New Testament Gospels to the Nicene Creed
Jesus the Christ in Classical Christology
The Historical Jesus and Christology in the Contemporary Period
The Quest for the Historical Jesus
Directions in Contemporary Christology
Liberation Theology
Existentialist Theology
Theology of Hope
Heaven, Hell, and Anthropology
Biblical and Greek Views of Humanity and Human Destiny
Mainstream Old Testament Belief in Sheol
Development of Apocalypticism and Belief in Resurrection
Greek Thought and Belief in an Immortal Soul
Classical Christian Eschatology
Fusion of Greek Anthropology and Hebrew Teleology
Original Sin, Grace, and Human Destiny
Contemporary Alternatives Regarding the Afterlife
The Interdependent and Evolutionary Understanding of Human Beings
Resurrection or Determined Agnosticism
Progress in the Afterlife
Process Theology's Limited God and the Afterlife
Christianity and Cultural Transformations
Christianity and Other Religions
A Framework for Understanding Christianity's Relationship to Other Religions
Historical Exclusivism and Articulation of the Issues
Types of Contemporary Exclusivism
Christianity Is Exclusively True and the Exclusive Place of Salvation: Sectarian Protestantism
Christianity Is Exclusively True, but Salvation Is for Everyone
The World Religions Have Some Truth, but Christianity Is the Exclusive Place of Salvation: Evangelical Protestantism
Inclusivism
Emergence of Inclusivism
Salvation Occurs in All Religions, but Christianity Is Completely True
Pluralism
Salvation Occurs in All Religions, and No Religion Is Exclusively True
Criticisms of Hick: Self-Conscious Inclusivism and Exclusivism
Christianity and Feminism
The Why and What of Feminist Theology
Feminist Theology and the Bible
The Twofold Approach to the Bible and Its Interpretation
Exposing and Critiquing Patriarchy in Text and Interpretation
Liberating Appropriation of the Text
Women's Leadership in the Church
Evangelical Protestants, the Bible, and Women's Ordination
Roman Catholics and Women's Ordination
Language for God
Significance of Male God-Language
Feminist Arguments for Change from Exclusively Male God-Language
Sin and Salvation
Sin as Self-Negation, Layered Oppression, and Structural Reality
Salvation
Christianity and Homosexuality
Sources of Authority according to the Main Christian Groups
Roman Catholicism, the Church Hierarchy, and Homosexuality
Sources of Authority in Evangelical and Mainline Protestant Groups
Biblical Passages on Homosexuality
Old Testament
New Testament
Arguments from Human Reason and Scriptural Themes
Human Reason
Biblical Themes
Christianity and the Natural Environment
The Anti-environmental Charge against Christianity
Stewardship of Creation
Salvation History, Eschatology, and Ecology
The Transformation of Nonhuman Creation
Overcoming Christianity's Ecological Ambiguity
Creation Spirituality
Original Blessing and the Cosmic Christ
The Universe Story
Discussion Questions and Further Reading
Notes
Glossary
Index

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