Rethinking Fundamental Theology

Paperback | May 23, 2013

byGerald OCollins

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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 torelaunch 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; thenature 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 andthe 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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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 torelaunch fundamental theology as a discipline by pr...

Gerald O'Collins is Adjunct Professor at Australian Cahtolic University, Melbourne.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:May 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199673985

ISBN - 13:9780199673988

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. History, Terms, Identity, and Themes2. Faith in a Personal God3. The Human Condition4. General and Special Revelation5. Jesus the Fullness of Revelation6. The Crucified and Resurrected Revealer7. The Faith that Responds to Revelation8. Tradition and the Traditions9. Revelation, the Bible, and Inspiration10. The Truth, Canon, and Interpretation of the Bible11. The Founding of the Church12. World Religions and Christ the Revealer and Saviour13. Theological Styles and Methods

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"A superb account of fundamental theology that examines most of the major questions in a clear and convincing way that will appeal to non-Catholics as well as Catholics." --Paul Richardson, Church of England Newspaper 03/07/2012