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The Understanding of Christian Faith - Schubert M Ogden

The Understanding of Christian Faith

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Number Of Pages: 168

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As an introduction to Christian systematic theology, this volume treats all the main theological topics-from God to last things-seeking to explicate critically the understanding of them implicit in Christian faith itself in terms at once appropriate to Jesus Christ and credible to human existence. Its criteria, accordingly, are the ultimate criteria of on the one hand, specifically Christian experience of Jesus as expressed by the apostolic witness, and on the other hand, generically human experience of existence as expressed by a sound philosophy. And, as befits an introduction, it employs these same criteria to clarify the process of actually doing Christian systematic theology. Thus it begins by explaining both what such a theology has to do and how it is to do it, and ends by considering what it means to do theology as a Christian calling, particularly as a professional theologian. "" . . . [H]is central claim that systematic theology is critical reflection and appropriation of the entire witness of faith. Critical reflection requires, he says, that claims of adequacy with the content of Christian witness are both appropriate to Jesus and credible to human experience. Therefore, Ogden, as a systematic theologian, is the opposite of a reductive theologian either in terms of a commitment to tradition with a blind eye to all other academic disciplines. Rather, he seeks to balance these two poles that vie for position in contemporary academic theology ""Consistent with his earlier thought, Ogden remains a radically Christocentric theologian: in Jesus is revealed the nature of God and thus the nature of what it means to be fully human. That Jesus is decisive for human existence is not simply a call to belief; rather, it is a claim that filters naturally into Ogden's understanding of what it means to be church. . . ."" . . [T]he academic will find Ogden's focused argumentation refreshing and challenging. The Understanding of Christian Faith will require the careful consideration of all who take up the task."" --Anglican Theological Review ""All who seek clarity about what Christian faith means and why it is worthy of belief will discover here a cherished companion. Accessibly written and theologically complete, this book excels as an introduction to systematic theology and requires no knowledge of Ogden's distinguished previous work, even while readers familiar with his achievement will find their appreciation of his critical insight extended. Ogden is unsurpassed as a Christian theologian for our time, and this book can be read again and again, always with deeper reward."" --Franklin I. Gamwell University of Chicago ""For those who have long awaited a summary of Schubert Ogden's systematic Christian theology, this small handbook fits the bill. In every respect, the work provides a model of and a model for constructing an adequate and fitting theology for our time. By covering all the basic questions or topics of classical Christian theology, with proper revisions as needed, one has a basis for seeing what needs to be done and how to do it. Its content rings semantically meaningful and true and existentially significant for human existence. As with all his works, his theology is constructed with maximum candor."" --William L. Power University of Georgia ""Written with the author's characteristic clarity, integrity, and directness, this constructive brief interpretation of the Christian witness of faith will aid its readers--lay, professional, and in-between--in understanding and pursuing their own theological vocation. By providing a systematic context in which to situate the major contributions made in his previous published works, this book will also assist in the ongoing reception of Ogden's theology by new generations of scholars."" --Charles M. Wood Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University Schubert M. Ogden is University Distinguished Professor of Theology Emeritus at Perkins School of Theolog

Prefacep. ix
Prolegomena: On Theologyp. 1
Preliminary Remarks
Theology in General
Christian Theology in Particular
Christian Systematic Theology
Summary and Conclusion
On Godp. 21
Preliminary Remarks
The Question about God
God Who Gives Us the Victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ
The Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
On Creationp. 37
The Meaning of "Creation"
Creation and Emancipation
The Question of Evil
Human Existence
On Jesus Christp. 56
Preliminary Remarks
The Constitutive Christological Assertion
Jesus Who Is Said to Be the Christ
For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free
On the Holy Spiritp. 81
Do We Need "a Theology of the Holy Spirit"?
The Holy Spirit in Christian Faith and Experience
The Lord, the Giver of Life
Life in the Spirit
On the Churchp. 93
Preliminary Remarks
The Constitution of the Church
The Distinctive Function of the Church
The Obligations of Church Membership
The Means by Which the Church Performs Its Function
On Salvationp. 120
Preliminary Remarks
The Sin from Which We Are Saved
Salvation from Sin by Grace Alone through Faith Alone
Issues in Developing the Doctrine of Salvation
On the Last Thingsp. 128
The "Last Things" in Orthodox Theology
The Meaning of Christian Hope
Overcoming Some Antitheses in Traditional Eschatology
Epilegomena: On Theology as a Christian Vocationp. 143
Preliminary Remarks
The Senses of "Vocation"
Doing Theology as a Christian Vocation
Other Features of Christian Vocations
Bibliographyp. 159
Scripture Indexp. 161
Subject and Name Indexp. 163
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ISBN: 9781608993260
ISBN-10: 1608993264
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 1st April 2010
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 14.99  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25

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