The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology
John Webster, Kathryn Tanner, Iain Torrance
OUP Oxford, Sep 27, 2007 - Religion - 708 pages
The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology brings together a set of original and authoritative accounts of all the major areas of current research in Christian systematic theology, offering a thorough survey of the state of the discipline and of its prospects for those undertaking research and teaching in the field. The Handbook engages in a comprehensive examination of themes and approaches, guiding the reader through current debates and literatures in the context of the historical development of systematic theological reflection. Organized thematically, it treats in detail the full array of topics in systematic theology, as well as questions of its sources and norms, its relation to other theological and non-theological fields of enquiry, and some major trends in current work. Each chapter provides an analysis of research and debate on its topic, identifying and interpreting options and laying out the basis for the reader to explore the territory, asking: What are the critical issues? How have these issues developed and been expounded? What are current prospects? The focus is on doctrinal (rather than historical) questions, and on major (rather than ephemeral) debates. The aim is to stimulate readers to reach theological judgements on the basis of consideration of the range of opinion. Drawn from Europe, the UK, and North America, the authors are all leading practitioners of the discipline. Readers will find expert guidance as well as creative suggestions about the future direction of the study of Christian doctrine.
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I have a master's degree in theology and have been involved in the creation of academic materials for Christians for many years, as a writer and an editor.
This is the worst systematic theology I've ever read. It is cryptic where it should be clear, critical where it should be charitable, and biased towards demolishing theology as a historical, developing, science and art of organizing the major perspectives of truth concerning Christianity.
Open any page (I did) and I found unprofessional temper tantrums directed towards historical Christian thought. A handbook of systematic theology should do more than laugh at the sources and norms of the topic it is addressing, but this is what the Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology majors on.
This is a DO NOT BUY for your library. You want a real systematic theology? Berkhof. Fair, detailed, historical, with a deep love of Scripture. A newer one, addressing modern theological developments? Horton.