Public Theology for the 21st Century is a unique stocktaking by a leading international group of theologians, social scientists, and other scholars, on issues facing public theology at the beginning of the 21st century. It combines retrospect and prospect, in that it reflects on the issues and approaches that have characterized public theology in the 20th century, especially its latter half, and attempts to anticipate those which will or should come to the fore in the 21st century, seeking to discern continuities and changes.
Three opening chapters deal with the overall theme of public or political theology, with Jurgen Moltmann giving a critical historical account from the Second World War onwards, Raymond Plant relating such theology to cultural pluralism, and Andrew Morton illustrating it from the work of Duncan Forrester. These are followed by pairs of contributions relating public theology to more specific topics: history, technology and creation, globalization, spirituality, punishment and forgiveness, medical ethics, tolerance and human rights, social exclusion and equality.
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- Foreword by Professor Raymond Plant
- Introduction by the editors
- Bibliographical references and indexes
- Title: Public Theology for the 21st Century
- Editors: William F. Storrar and Andrew R. Morton
- Publisher: Continuum International
- Publication Date: 2004
- Pages: 240
About the Editors
William F. Storrar is a professor of Christian ethics and practical theology and the director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh.
Andrew R. Morton is an honorary fellow of the faculty of divinity at the University of Edinburgh.