Companion Encyclopedia of Theology

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Peter Byrne, Leslie Houlden, Rev Prof Leslie Houlden
Routledge, Sep 11, 2002 - Religion - 1120 pages
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The Companion Encyclopedia of Theology provides a comprehensive guide to modern theological thought. An international team of theologians and practitioners of both the Christian and Jewish faiths investigate and consider aspects of theology in 48 self-contained articles. Neither partisan and denominational, nor detached and abstract, this Companion explores the resources and applications of theology in the light of Christianity's place in the modern world.
The Structure
The Companion Encyclopedia of Theology is divided into six parts. The first three deal with major foundational aspects of Western theological reflection:
* the Hebrew and Christian Bible
* the Tradition
* the contribution of Philosophy
The second half of the Companion is concerned with application:
* in relation to Spirituality
* in relation to contemporary Ethics
* in relation to issues in and aspects of present-day theological construction
The 48 essays are descriptive, informative and analytical; their wide-ranging content is bound into a unified perspective by the editors' general introduction and the introductions to each of the six parts. At the end of each article, there are suggestions for further reading and the work is concluded with a comprehensive index.
This Companion Encyclopedia is a valuable source of reference for students, teachers and both lay and clerical practitioners of Christian and Jewish theology.
Key Features
* Broad Coverage - contains 48 in-depth essays covering both the history and application of Western theological thought
* International Authorship - written in non-technical language by a distinguished team of editors and authors from both Christian and Jewish faiths
* Balanced Approach - discusses and analyses the key issues without imposing any single viewpoint
* Clearly Presented - at the end of each article, there are suggestions for further reading and the work contains a comprehensive index


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General Introduction
formation and character
TheChristian adoption ofthe Old Testament
historical study and new roles John Rogerson 5 The New Testament contentand character Leslie Houlden 6 The New Testamentthe tradition of interp...
Leslie Houlden 10 The triuneGod oftheBible and the emergence of orthodoxy
Christian theology and other faiths
Gavin DCosta 16 Christian theologys dialogue with culture
Theology and spiritualityinthenineteenth and twentieth
Gustafson 34 Violence warfareand peace
Theology wealth andsocialjustice
Jack Mahoney 37 Power andtheState Edward Norman 38 The pastoral experience Jack Dominian 39 Theology medicine andhealth John Morgan 40 ...
Leslie Houlden 41 The characterand possibilityof Christian theology today
The Trinity in moderntheology Colin Gunton
Brian Home 46 Theology in thedogmatic mode Paul Avis

PHILOSOPHY Introduction
Theidea of reason
Dan CohnSherbok 48 Theology andthe futureofthe Walter Hollenweger Church

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Leslie Houlden is an Anglican priest and Emeritus Professor of Theology at King's College, London, Earlier he taught theology in Oxford, where he was Fellow and Chaplain of Trinity College. He has taught various theological subjects, chiefly the New Testament, and has worked in the relations between the Bible and Christian doctrine. His principal books include Connections, Ethics and the New Testament and Bible and Belief
Peter Byrne was educated at the Universities of York and Oxford. Since 1975 he has been a lecturer, now senior lecturer, in the philosophy of religion at King's College, London. He is co-editor of the journal Religious Studies and is the author of Natural Religion and the Nature of Religion (1989), The Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethics (1992) and Religion Defined and Explained (1993, with Peter B. Clarke).

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