Theology of Transformation: Faith, Freedom, and the Christian Act

Hardcover | December 14, 2013

byOliver Davies

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Significant advances in science bring new understandings of the human as a unity of mind, body and world and calls into question the deep-seated dualistic presuppositions of modern theology. Oliver Davies argues that the changing framework allows a return to the defining question of the EasterChurch: "Where is Jesus Christ?". This is a question which can bring about a fundamental re-orientation of theology, since it gives space for the theological reception of the disruptive presence of the living Christ as the present material as well as formal object of theology in the world. At thecentre of this study therefore is a new theology of the doctrine of the exaltation of Christ, based upon St Paul's encounter with the exalted or commissioning Christ on the road to Damascus. This places calling and commissioning at the centre of systematic theology. It provides the ground for a newunderstanding of theology as transcending the Academy-Church division as well as the divide between systematic and practical theology. It points also to a new critical theological method of engagement and collaboration.This book begins to explore new forms of world-centred theological rationality in the contexts not only of scripture, doctrine, anthropology, ecclesiology and faith, but also of Christian politics and philosophy. It is a work of contemporary and global Christological promise in Fundamental Theology,and is addressed to all those who are concerned, from whichever denomination, with the continuing vitality of Christianity in a changing world.

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Significant advances in science bring new understandings of the human as a unity of mind, body and world and calls into question the deep-seated dualistic presuppositions of modern theology. Oliver Davies argues that the changing framework allows a return to the defining question of the EasterChurch: "Where is Jesus Christ?". This is a...

Oliver Davies is Professor of Christian Doctrine at King's College London and has researched, taught or been Visiting Professor at the Gregorian in Rome, University of Virginia, USA, University of Cologne, Germany, University of St Petersburg, Russia, and most recently Renmin University of China, Beijing. He has written extensively on...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:December 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceI: Foundations: Theological Re-Orientation1. Where is Jesus Christ?2. Theology in the World: A Re-orientation of Theology3. A Theology of Transformation: Act and TheologyII: Church and Life: Christ in Us4. Living Doctrine: Transformation and Trinity5. Christ in Us: Spirit, Freedom, and Church6. Holy Scripture: Hermeneutics and LifeIII: Social Transformation: Newness of World7. Faith, Freedom, and World: The Logic of Sacrifice8. Christian Philosophy: Love and Reason9. Christian Politics: Universalism and CommunionConclusion: The Returning Body