This text offers a fresh approach to modern theology by approaching the field thematically, covering classic topics in Christian theology over the last 200 years. The editors, leading authorities on the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century theology, have assembled a respected team of international scholars to offer substantive treatment of important doctrines and key debates in modern theology. The volume enables undergraduate and graduate students in modern theology, twentieth-century theology, and contemporary theology courses to trace how key doctrinal questions were discussed, where the main debates lie, and how ideas developed.
Essential for students, scholars, pastors, and laypeople, this informative volume brings fresh perspectives on theological matters. With the Logos Bible Software edition, searching by topic or Scripture references will further help your understanding—you’ll compare, for example, the systematic theologies of various scholars or denominations.
“‘Modern’ theology emerged, in my view, at the point at which (on the one hand) church-based theologians ceased trying to defend and protect the received orthodoxies of the past against erosion and took up the more fundamental challenge of asking how the theological values resident in those orthodoxies might be given an altogether new expression, dressed out in new categories for reflection. It was the transition, then, from a strategy of ‘accommodation’ to the task of ‘mediation’ that was fundamental in the ecclesial sphere.6 In philosophy, as it relates to the theological enterprise (on the other hand), the defining moment that effected a transition entailed a shift from a cosmologically based to an anthropologically based metaphysics of divine being.” (Page 3)
“In the modern period, the question of questions became the nature of God and his relation to the world.” (Page 4)
“It was not God who was alienated from sinners, but rather sinners who were alienated from God in virtue of their guilty conscience.” (Page 267)
“Second, ‘modern’ theologians will have left classical theism behind, however much they may continue to respect it.” (Page 16)
“What finally moved things forward was Kant’s work in the field of philosophical epistemology. For Kant, there can be no knowledge in the strict sense without empirical data. It is the senses that provide the content of our knowledge; the human mind provides its forms.” (Page 6)
This intriguing volume fills a gap in teaching materials for theological students that has long been noteworthy: it tackles the traditional loci of systematic theology through the lens of modernity’s particular challenges. Not a history of doctrine nor yet a systematic theology in itself, it introduces the reader to the chief problems that Christian systematic theology has had to face in the modern and contemporary periods when seeking to defend, or at times adjust, its classic heritage. Intended primarily for students in the Reformed tradition, this book will prove to be an excellent textbook and focus for debate; the editors are to be congratulated on the quality and insightfulness of the contributions.
—Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge
This collection of 15 essays on key topics will repay careful study. Through examining the different ways in which the central doctrines of the Christian faith have been handled under the pressures of modernity, it provides valuable orientation for students of modern theology. Clear, informed, and insightful, it deserves inclusion on all relevant reading lists.
—David Fergusson, professor of divinity and principal of New College, University of Edinburgh
This is an unusually helpful book. Clearly written, reliable, and illuminating, it traces the development of key Christian doctrines throughout the modern period, and in so doing offers a lucid introduction to modern theology. The best book of its kind. Highly recommended.
—Adam A. Neder, associate professor of theology, Whitworth University
A volume such as this is a welcome guide indeed to the contours of modern theology. Especially valuable is the organization of this book according to the classical doctrinal loci and central concerns of the Christian theological tradition. An impressive lineup of scholars provides a sure guide to the ways each of these concerns has been treated within the context of modernity and demonstrates thereby the necessity of our striving, even if sometimes failing, to tell of the gospel in ways both responsible to the tradition and alert to the realities of contemporary culture.
—Murray Rae, professor of theology, University of Otago
Kelly M. Kapic is a professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, where he has taught for over a decade. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of several books, including The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics.
Bruce L. McCormack received his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary, his MDiv from Nazarene Theological Seminary, his honorary DrTheol from Friedrich Schiller University. He is the Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. A world-renowned Barth scholar, he is a frequent writer and lecturer on topics of Reformed theology.