The Modern Theologians Reader, ed. David Ford et al.

This new publication will be of interest to readers of this blog: The Modern Theologians Reader, edited by David F. Ford and Mike Higton. This can be a stand-alone text or serve as a companion volume to Ford’s celebrated, The Modern Theologians. Here is the table of contents:


Part 1: Classics of the Twentieth Century.

Chapter 1: Karl Barth.

1. The Theme of the Epistle to the Romans.

2. Jesus Christ, Electing and Elected.

Chapter 2: Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

1. Ultimate and Penultimate Things.

2. Letters and Papers from Prison.

Chapter 3: Paul Tillich.

1.The Actuality of God: God as Being and Living.

2.The Meaning of Salvation.

Chapter 4: Henri de Lubac.

1.Surnaturel: Divine Exigence and Natural Desire.

2.Allegory, Sense of the Faith.

Chapter 5: Karl Rahner.

1. God of My Life.

2. What Does It Mean to Say: ‘God Became Man’?.

Chapter 6: Hans Urs von Balthasar.

1. Christ’s Mission and Person.

2. Dramatic Soteriology.

Part 2: Theological Responses to Modernity in Europe and the USA

Section A Germany.

Chapter 7: Wolfhart Pannenberg.

1.The Significance of Jesus’ Resurrection.

2.The World as the History of God and the Unity of the Divine Essence.

Chapter 8: Jürgen Moltmann.

1. The Resurrection and the Future of Jesus Christ.

2. Trinitarian Theology of the Cross.

Section B Britain.

Chapter 9: T.F. Torrance.

1. The Nature of Justification.

2. The Knowledge of God.

Chapter 10: Anglican Theology.

1. Donald MacKinnon, Atonement and Tragedy.

2. Rowan Williams, The Judgement of the World.

Section C USA.

Chapter 11: The Niebuhrs.

1. H. Richard Niebuhr, Christ the Transformer of Culture.

2. Reinhold Niebuhr, The Conflict between Individual and Social Morality.

Section D The Contemporary Scene: Reappropriating Traditions.

Chapter 12: Revisionists and Liberals.

1. Alfred North Whitehead, The New Reformation.

2. Schubert Ogden, The Reality of God.

Chapter 13: Postliberal Theology.

1. George Lindbeck, Excursus on Religion and Truth.

2. Hans Frei, Description of ‘Type 4’ Theology.

Chapter 14: Systematic Theology after Barth: Jüngel, Jenson, and Gunton.

1. Eberhard Jüngel, God, the Dead Jesus, Love, and Freedom.

2. Robert Jenson, The Great Communion.

Chapter 15: Roman Catholic Theology after Vatican II.

1. Bernard Lonergan, The Transition from a Classicist World-View to Historical-Mindedness.

2. John Paul II, Redemptor Hominis (Redeemer of Humankind) on Fear,.

Progress, Human Rights and Vocation.

Section E Texts, Truth and Signification.

Chapter 16: Biblical Interpretation.

1. Rudolf Bultmann, New Testament and Mythology.

2. Paul Ricoeur, The Summoned Subject.

Chapter 17: Philosophical Theology.

1. Ingolf Dalferth, The Rationality of Theology.

2. Alvin Plantinga, Warranted Belief in God.

Chapter 18: Postmodern Theology.

1. Michel de Certeau, The Weakness of Believing.

2. Jean-Luc Marion, The Formal Reason for the Infinite.

Part 3: Theology and the Sciences.

Chapter 19: Theology and the Natural Sciences.

1. John Polkinghorne, Belief in God in an Age of Science.

2. Nancey Murphy, Divine Action in the Natural World.

3. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Ultimate Earth.

4. John Haught, Darwin’s Gift to Theology.

Chapter 20: Theology and the Social Sciences.

1. Ernst Troeltsch, Conservative and Revolutionary Tendencies within the Church.

2. John Milbank, A Critique of the Sociology of Religion.

Part 4: Theology, Prayer, and Practice.

Chapter 21: Theology and Spirituality.

1. Evelyn Underhill, I Believe.

2. Simone Weil, The Love of God and Affliction.

Chapter 22: Pastoral and Practical Theology.

1. Thomas C. Oden, Recovering Lost Identity.

2. Nancy L. Eiesland, The Disabled God.

Part 5: Particularizing Theology.

Chapter 23: Feminism, Gender, and Theology.

1. Valerie Saiving Goldstein, The Human Situation.

2. Janet Martin Soskice, Trinity and ‘the Feminine Other’.

Chapter 24: Black Theology of Liberation.

1. Gayraud S. Wilmore, The Religion of the Slave.

2. Delores S. Williams, Hagar’s Story.

Chapter 25: Latin American Liberation Theology.

1. Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano, Justice. at Medellín.

2. Elsa Tamez, The Amnesty of Grace.

Chapter 26: African Theology.

1. Kwame Bediako, Jesus in Africa.

2. Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Calling the Church to Account.

Chapter 27: Theologies of South Asia.

1. Sabapathy Kulandran, Grace in Christianity and Hinduism.

2. M. Gnanavaram, Dalit Theology and the Good Samaritan.

Chapter 28: Contextual Theology in East Asia.

1. Kazoh Kitamori, God in Pain.

2. Kim Yong-Bock, The Language of Korean Christianity.

Chapter 29: Postcolonial Biblical Interpretation.

1. Fernando F. Segovia, Towards a Hermeneutics of the Diaspora.

2. Musa W. Dube, Reading for Liberating Interdependence.

Part 6: Global Engagements.

Chapter 30: Ecumenical Theology.

1. Faith and Order Commission, Scripture, Tradition, and Traditions.

2. Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.

Chapter 31: Eastern Orthodox Theology.

1. Sergii Bulgajov, The Unfading Light.

2. Georges Florovsky, The Catholicity of the Church.

Chapter 32: Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology.

1. Maria Woodworth-Etter, Put a Mark on Every Man and Woman.

2. Kenneth J. Archer, Pentecostal Hermeneutics.

Chapter 33: Evangelical Theology.

1. J.I. Packer, Biblical Authority, Hermeneutics and Inerrancy.

2. John R.W. Stott, The Cross of Christ.

Part 7: Theology Between Faiths.

Chapter 34: Theology of Religions.

1. John Hick, The Pluralistic Hypothesis.

2. Michael Barnes, Rethinking Theology of Religions.

Chapter 35: Judaism and Christian Theology.

1. Alice L. Eckardt and A. Roy Eckardt, Long Night’s Journey into Day.

2. National Jewish Scholars Project, Speak the Truth.

Chapter 36: Islam and Christian Theology.

1. Kenneth Cragg, The Mind of the Quran.

2. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Theological Issues in the Islamic–Christian Dialogue.

Chapter 37: Buddhism and Christian Theology.

1. John B. Cobb, Jr., Buddhist Emptiness and the Christian God.

2. Paul F. Knitter, Toward a Liberation Theology of Religions.

Part 8: Theology in Many Media.

Chapter 38: Theology and the Visual Arts, Music, and Film.

1. H.R. Rookmaaker, Faith and Art.

2. Jeremy Begbie, Repetition and Eucharist.

3. Lloyd Baugh, Shane the Christ Figure.


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