Theology: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 24, 2013

byDavid Ford

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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, theconcept 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 looksat the development and importance of theology between the different faiths.

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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, theconcept of God in ancient, modern, and postm...

David F. Ford is Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, and Director of the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme. He is the author of many books, including most recently The Future of Christian Theology (OUP, 2011), Christian Wisdom: Desiring God and Learning in Love (CUP, 2007), and Shaping Theology: Engagements in a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pagesPublished:October 24, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199679975

ISBN - 13:9780199679973

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart 1: Describing the field1. Introduction: Theology and the religions in transformation2. Theology and religious studies: how is the field shaped?Part 2: Theological explorations3. Thinking of God4. Living before God: worship, ethics, and politics5. Facing evil6. Jesus Christ7. Salvation - scope, intensity, and dialoguesPart 3: Skills, disciplines, and methods8. Through the past to the present: history and texts9. Experience, reason, and wisdomPart 4: Prospects10. Theology for the third millenniumReferencesFurther reading

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"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