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Rethinking Fundamental Theology

ISBN-10: 0199605564

ISBN-13: 9780199605569

Edition: 2011

Authors: Gerald O'Collins

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This book identifies the distinguishing features of fundamental theology, as distinct from philosophical theology, natural theology, apologetics, and other similar disciplines. Addressing the potential for confusion about basic Christian claims and beliefs, Gerald O'Collins sets out to relaunch fundamental theology as a discipline by presenting a coherent vision of basic theological questions and positions that lay the ground for work in specific areas of systematic theology.Rethinking Fundamental Theology examines central theological questions: about God, human experience and, specifically, religious experience; the divine revelation coming through the history of Israel and through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; human faith that responds to revelation; the nature of tradition that transmits the record and reality of revelation; the structure of biblical inspiration and truth, as well as basic issues concerned with the formation of the canon;the founding of the Church with some leadership structures; the relationship between Christ's revelation and the faith of those who follow other religions. O'Collins concludes with some reflections on theological method.Written with the scholarship and accessibility for which O'Collins is known and valued, this book will relaunch fundamental theology as a distinct and necessary discipline in faculties and departments of theology and religious studies around the world.
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Book details

List price: $48.49
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 5/26/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Abbreviations
History, Terms, Identity, and Themes
Historical background
Apologetics and fundamental theology
Terms and boundaries
Themes for fundamental theology
A coda: the contribution of Bernard Lonergan
Faith in a Personal God
The divine attributes
Special divine activity
The existence of God
Approaches to the God-question
Conclusion
The Human Condition
Four possible visions
Homo experiens
Religious experience
General and Special Revelation
General revelation
General revelation and faith
Special revelation
Means of revelation
Word and event
Mediators of special revelation
Discerning the prophetic experience
True and false prophets
Conclusion
Jesus the Fullness of Revelation
The fourfold witness to the historical Jesus
The preaching of the kingdom: parables and miracles
The kingdom in person
The Trinity revealed?
Revelation past, present, and future
The Crucified and Resurrected Revealer
Revelation through the cross
Revelation through the resurrection
A case for the resurrection
The meaning of the claim
The Easter appearances
The discovery of the empty tomb
Novelties to explain
The resurrection as revealing
The Faith that Responds to Revelation
Three Positions
A narrative theology of faith
Some conclusions
Tradition and the Traditions
The human reality of tradition
Christian tradition
Toward an ecumenical convergence?
Discerning the tradition within the traditions
Revelation, tradition, and Scripture
Revelation, the Bible, and Inspiration
The formation of the Bible
The use of the Bible
The inspiration of the Bible
The function of inspiration
The Truth, Canon, and Interpretation of the Bible
The saving truth of the Bible
The canon of Scriptures
Interpreting the Bible
A coda: hearing the word
The Founding of the Church
The founder of the Church
The call of the Twelve
Any time for the Church?
The early Church
Early leadership
Into the second century
The kingdom and the Church
World Religions and Christ the Revealer and Saviour
Two preliminaries
The doctrinal background
The universal presence of Christ
Christ's universal presence and the religious
The transformation of Christ
The permanence of Christ's humanity
The universal presence of the Holy Spirit
The faith of others and the Church
A coda: the omnipresence of the risen Christ
Theological Styles and Methods
Three styles of theology
Risks and possibilities
Some guidelines
Epilogue
Index of Names
Subject Index
Biblical Index