Listening to the past: the place of tradition in theology

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Paternoster Press, 2002 - Religion - 167 pages
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Beginning with the question 'Why can't we just read the Bible?' Stephen Holmes considers the place of tradition in theology, showing how the doctrine of creation leads to an account of historical location and creaturely limitations as essential aspects of our existence. For we cannot claim unmediated access to the Scriptures without acknowledging the place of tradition: theology is an irreducibly communal task. After an in-depth exploration of the doctrine of the communion of saints, case studies from around the world combine with well-known voices from the past: Anselm speaking on the atonement, Jonathan Edwards on the freedom of the will, Coleridge on theology and politics and Barth on election. Listening to the masters of old should shape our thinking of today. Listening to the Past is a sustained attempt to show what listening to tradition involves, and how it can be used to aid theological work today. Book jacket.

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Steve Holmes’ Listening to the Past: The Place of Tradition in Theology is a most valuable and but not so readable collection of essays. I reckon it’s worth buying just for the essays on ‘Why Can’t we ... Read full review

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Utilizing people and events of Church history as case studies (e.g. Anselm, Calvin, Edwards, Barth, baptism, and more), Holmes effectively argues the case for the use of tradition in constructing ... Read full review

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Stephen Holmes is a lecturer in Christian Doctrine at Kings College, London and Senior Researcher in Mission and Theology at the Bible Society. He is also the author of God of Grace and God of Glory: An Account of the Theology of Jonathan Edwards.

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