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Postmodern Christianity : Doing Theology in the Contemporary World - John W Riggs

Postmodern Christianity

Doing Theology in the Contemporary World


Published: 1st April 2003
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In Postmodern Christianity, John Riggs proposes that postmodernism and Christianity have much to offer each other. Each should take the other seriously, he writes, affirming the other's position but avoiding complete acceptance or rejection.
Riggs argues for finding a common ground between postmodernism and Christianity, focusing on how this applies to issues such as reproductive rights and the ordination of women, gay men, and lesbians. He suggests that Christianity avoid the extreme positions of either completely accommodating itself to or completely rejecting postmodern culture.

."..Inclusive liberal theology is further applied on ethical issues such as same sex relations and abortion. In both cases the author emphasizes the creative self-realization of others and the contribution to the well-being of God as sound ethical principles to be favoured... The author also touches the issue of interreligious dialogue and opts for the thesis: 'Christianity is a true religion and other religions also can be true'...a number of good insights."- PG Pandimakil, "Journal of Mission Studies, "Volume XII 2005 "John W. Riggs, Associate Professor of historical Theology at Eden Theological Seminary, has written an interesting little book that engages contemporary discussions about just what exactly is meant by a 'post modern' Christian theology. What marks this book as distinctive is the vast and ambitious argument about postmodern theology but also gives readers a panoramic tour of the history of Christian theology, including the long story of its complicated relation to philosophy. He is, moreover, to be commended for writing a book that presents difficult ideas in an accessible way."" - The Bulletin of the Institute for Reformed Theology" "John Riggs clearly delineates the greatest weakness of post-modernChristian theology, namely its refusal to speak about the true realityof God and the world. Riggs makes the case that only a metaphysicgrounded in the tradition of Whitehead, Hartshorne, and Ogden canprotect post-modern theology from succumbing to the arbitrary tribalismthat threatens its proper attention to historical and communal context.This is a clear and thought-provoking argument which will be of interestto all concerned about the present state of Christian theology andethics." Randall C. Zachman, Associate Professor of ReformationStudies, University of Notre Dame

1. Theology's Long Road..Historical Background to the Jesus Movement..Christian Theology to the Protestant Reformation..Theology in the Protestant Reformation..From the Protestant Reformation to the Twentieth Century..Two Important Twentieth-Century Developments..2. Philosophy: The Traveling Companion..From the Pre-Socratics through Augustine of Hippo..The West from Augustine through the Protestant Reformation..Mysticism, Experience, and the Protestant Reformation..Humanism and the Protestant Reformation..From the Protestant Reformation through the Enlightenment..Philosophy in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries..3. The Postmodern Turn..Postmodern Philosophical Resources..Postmodern Theologies: Purifying, Political, and Preserving..Assessing Postmodern Theologies..4. Toward an Inclusive Liberal Theology..The Character of Claims about Reality Itself..Analyzing the Encounter with Jesus..Life in Postmodernity: Ethics and True Religions..5. Summ

ISBN: 9781563383649
ISBN-10: 1563383640
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st April 2003
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.6  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1