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Canonical Theism : A Proposal for Theology and the Church - William J. Abraham

Canonical Theism

A Proposal for Theology and the Church

By: William J. Abraham (Editor), Jason E. Vickers (Editor), Natalie B. Van Kirk (Editor)

Paperback Published: 18th February 2008
ISBN: 9780802862389
Number Of Pages: 352

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Canonical Theism is a post-Protestant vision for the renewal of both theology and church. The editors call for the retrieval and redeployment of the full range of materials, persons, and practices that make up the canonical heritage of the church, including scripture, doctrine, sacred image, saints, sacraments, and more.

The central thesis of the work is that the good and life-giving Holy Spirit has equipped the church with not only a canon of scripture but also with a rich canonical heritage of materials, persons, and practices. However, much of the latter has been ignored or cast aside. This unplumbed resource of canonical heritage waits for the church to rediscover its wealth. With a bold set of thirty theses, the authors chart and defend that mine of opportunity. They then invite the entire church to explore the benefits of their discoveries.

This ambitious book offers insights to be integrated into the church body, renewing the faith that nourished converts, created saints, and upheld martyrs across the years.

Alan G. Padgett
Luther Seminary
"Serious systematic theology in North America is showing vitality and energy but little unity of vision. Among the many various theological movements we must now add a fascinating and creative minority voice: canonical theism. After meeting together for several years, William Abraham and several like-minded theologians have put together this programmatic collection that covers many of the central themes of Christian doctrine. . . By grounding theology at the center of classic Christianity, these authors provide a rich feast for theologians of all types to read, ponder, and critique. The way forward for theology in the twenty-first century is not to abandon the great tradition of the church but to creatively engage it. This book helps us do just that."
"Reviews in Religion & Theology"
"Canonical Theism "is a bold volume. It owes its audacious nature to the passion of eleven modern scholars who firmly stand in the academic world yet have their eyes and ears attentive to the contemporary church. . . . We must applaud these scholars for producing a rich repository of first-rate material.
"Expository Times"
This collection of essays offers serious ecumenical food for thought.
"Anglican Theological Review"
This book will be of great interest to informed laypersons, church leaders, and academic theologians alike. These essays exhibit a fine touch of academic rigor and graceful accessibility from professors of theology, history, spiritual formation, and New Testament studies.
"
Alan G. Padgett
Luther Seminary
"Serious systematic theology in North America is showing vitality and energy but little unity of vision. Among the many various theological movements we must now add a fascinating and creative minority voice: canonical theism. After meeting together for several years, William Abraham and several like-minded theologians have put together this programmatic collection that covers many of the central themes of Christian doctrine. . . By grounding theology at the center of classic Christianity, these authors provide a rich feast for theologians of all types to read, ponder, and critique. The way forward for theology in the twenty-first century is not to abandon the great tradition of the church but to creatively engage it. This book helps us do just that."

Reviews in Religion & Theology
Canonical Theism is a bold volume. It owes its audacious nature to the passion of eleven modern scholars who firmly stand in the academic world yet have their eyes and ears attentive to the contemporary church. . . . We must applaud these scholars for producing a rich repository of first-rate material.

Expository Times
This collection of essays offers serious ecumenical food for thought.

Anglican Theological Review
This book will be of great interest to informed laypersons, church leaders, and academic theologians alike. These essays exhibit a fine touch of academic rigor and graceful accessibility from professors of theology, history, spiritual formation, and New Testament studies.
"

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xii
Canonical Theism: Thirty Thesesp. 1
Medicine of the Holy Spirit: The Canonical Heritage of the Churchp. 11
Scripture and the Regula Fidei: Two Interlocking Components of the Canonical Heritagep. 27
Handing on the Teaching of the Apostles: Canonical Episcopacyp. 43
Canonical Liturgies: The Dialectic of Lex Orandi and Lex Credendip. 61
Christ Present in the Moment: The Canon of Sacramentsp. 73
Saints and Teachers: Canons of Personsp. 97
Imagining Theology: The Canon of Imagesp. 119
The Emergence of Canonical Theismp. 141
Canonical Theism and the Primacy of Ontology: An Essay concerning Human Understanding in Trinitarian Perspectivep. 156
Epistemic Virtues of a Theologian in the Philokaliap. 175
Canonical Theism and the Challenge of Epistemic Certainty: Papal Infallibility as a Case Studyp. 195
The Authority of Scripture in Its Ecclesial Contextp. 210
The Jesus of History and Canon: Some Thoughts on Interdisciplinary Scholarshipp. 224
The Canonical Heritage of the Church as a Means of Gracep. 244
Canonical Theism and Evangelicalismp. 256
What Is Being Asked of You? Canonical Theism and Theological Educationp. 273
Canonical Theism and the Future of Systematic Theologyp. 287
Canonical Theism and the Life of the Churchp. 303
Contributorsp. 316
Index of Namesp. 318
Index of Subjectsp. 325
Index of Scripture Referencesp. 334
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ISBN: 9780802862389
ISBN-10: 0802862381
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 18th February 2008
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.49

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