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A Scientific Theology : Theory - Alister E. McGrath

A Scientific Theology

Theory

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Published: 1st July 2003
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"Theory is the third and final volume in a truly groundbreaking work by one of the world's best-known theologians. As a whole, Alister McGrath's "Scientific Theology is the most extended and systematic exploration of the relation between theology and science ever undertaken. Now complete, it will surely become a standard entry into modern Christian thought.In Volume 3 McGrath deals with the question of how reality is represented in Christian theology and the natural sciences. Building on the insights of thinkers like Martin Heidegger and Jurgen Habermas, McGrath argues that theory is to be conceived in terms of the "communal beholding of reality." Thus understood, theory is primarily a response to experienced reality, which, for the Christian community, demands theological expression. In the course of unpacking the implications of this perspective, McGrath addresses such subjects as the explanatory dimensions of theology, the place of metaphysics in Christian theology, and the nature of revelation itself.

"One of the best systematic theologies to appear in some time."

Prefacep. xi
Theory
The Legitimacy of Theory within a Scientific Theologyp. 3
The inevitability of theoryp. 9
Francis Bacon on theoryp. 10
Theory in biologyp. 14
Theory in physicsp. 16
Theory in the human sciencesp. 20
Theory and theology: the place of doctrine in Christianityp. 21
Christian doctrine as theoryp. 24
Reductionist foreclosures: some hesitations over theoryp. 29
The critique of theorizing in the natural sciencesp. 31
Some concerns from formalism: theory and defamiliarizationp. 36
Theory and the redemption of particularsp. 38
The issue of closure in theoryp. 43
The postmodern rejection of closure: Hilary Lawsonp. 44
Problems and mysteries: the dynamics of theological closurep. 46
Theoretical closure in a scientific theology: three thesesp. 50
The origins and instability of a non-dogmatic Christianityp. 53
The lingering shadow of the Wars of Religionp. 54
The History of Dogma movementp. 56
The inevitability of doctrinep. 59
The propriety of doctrine: some British contributionsp. 61
Theory and social reality: the ecclesial function of doctrinep. 66
Doctrine and demarcation from Judaismp. 68
Doctrine and demarcation from the worldp. 69
The redundancy of demarcation: the case of Christendomp. 71
Doctrine and demarcation of the Christian traditionsp. 72
Ecumenism: the suspension of demarcationp. 75
The Representation of Reality in a Scientific Theologyp. 77
On modes of representation: some preliminary reflectionsp. 82
The representation of a stratified realityp. 82
Representation through wordsp. 84
Representation through propositionsp. 90
Representation through imagesp. 94
Mystery: the limits of representationp. 97
Analogical reasoning in a scientific theologyp. 104
The capacity of analogies: analogia entisp. 108
The authority of analogies: analogia fideip. 113
The limits of analogiesp. 119
The interlocking of analogiesp. 126
The Place of Explanation in a Scientific Theologyp. 133
Explanation as a legitimate aspect of a scientific theologyp. 134
The concept of revelation in a scientific theologyp. 138
The stratification of revelationp. 143
Revelation: theological abduction to the pastp. 149
Explanation as abduction to the past in the natural sciencesp. 153
Cosmic explosions and bolides: the physical sciencesp. 156
Evolution: the biological sciencesp. 158
Abduction to the origins of the Christian traditionp. 162
Revelation and historyp. 165
Wolfhart Pannenberg on revelation in historyp. 167
Alan Richardson on revelation in historyp. 172
The transmission of revelationp. 176
The concept of 'tradition'p. 177
The kerygma: on rereading Martin Kahler and Rudolf Bultmannp. 183
Theology and the economy of salvationp. 190
A scientific theology and the explanation of realityp. 193
The explanation of other traditionsp. 194
The explanation of the worldp. 195
Explanation and anomaly in the sciences: Pierre Duhemp. 198
A theological anomaly: the problem of sufferingp. 204
Duhem and le bon sens: faith, hope and the resolution of theoretical anomaliesp. 210
The evolution of explanation: heresy, orthodoxy and the development of doctrinep. 213
Scientific theorizing as a model for doctrinal developmentp. 214
The development of Christian doctrine: a new modelp. 217
The revalidation of the categories of orthodoxy and heresyp. 221
Orthodoxy and heresy: a new modelp. 229
The application of the model: classic Christological heresiesp. 234
The Place of Metaphysics in a Scientific Theologyp. 237
Metaphysics: some preliminary reflectionsp. 240
Metaphysics in the classical periodp. 241
The ambiguity of 'metaphysics': Ayn Rand and Iris Murdochp. 244
The twentieth-century revolt against metaphysicsp. 250
Observation statements: the evasion of metaphysicsp. 255
The critique of Heidegger: Carnap and Derridap. 259
The incoherence of the postmodern rejection of metaphysicsp. 263
The metaphysical implications of the natural sciencesp. 267
From physics to metaphysics: quantum theory and indeterminacyp. 268
From biology to theology: evolutionary theory and belief in Godp. 271
On reaffirming the metaphysical dimensions of theologyp. 274
A. B. Ritschl and Adolf von Harnackp. 279
Martin Luther and Eberhard Jungelp. 284
The theological affirmation of metaphysicsp. 289
Conclusion: Anticipating a Scientific Dogmaticsp. 295
Bibliographyp. 299
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780802839275
ISBN-10: 0802839274
Series: Scientific Theology : Book 3
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 1st July 2003
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.56