An Introduction to Theology

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Edinburgh University Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Religion - 150 pages
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An Introduction to Theology presents a lively, contemporary approach to theological questions. It deals with a number of significant theological issues including the Enlightenment, biblical criticism, problems with the Creeds, modern explanations of life and its questions, and rebuilding theology in the modern world.The approach is essentially 'problem centred' in the sense that it seeks to analyse and explore the difficulties with certain aspects of Christian theology. The reader is asked to engage in and grapple with important challenges to theology from the philosophical to the psychological and sociological, including:* philosophical challenges to theology from Plato to the present* the relevance of Creeds for contemporary theology* the conflict between scientific and religious explanations of events* the existence of other religions* challenges from Marxism, liberalism and feminismThe book throws up questions for students to think about and maintains a contemporary flavour by drawing on current examples and events. Wide-ranging in content, it is structured to act as a teaching guide: each chapter concludes with a list of essay questions as well as a selection of issues suitable for debate. Each issue is dealt with succinctly, providing a base from which students can engage in wider reading. This will be an ideal text for all students approaching the study of Theology for the first time.Key Features:* Aimed at first year students - assumes no prior knowledge* Written as a teaching guide - includes essay questions and a selectio of issues suitable for debate at end of each chapter* Takes a 'problem-centred' approach and deals with each issue succinctly* Contemporary - takes examples from current issues and events

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Victoria La'Porte is a Lecturer in Theology at Liverpool Hope University College.

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