The Positive Contributions of Theological Context

George M. Marsden

in The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780195122909
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853311 | DOI:
The Positive Contributions of Theological Context

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While God and theology should be considered as factors in our scholarship, we do not want to reduce our subjects to just their theological dimensions. Such theological principles, important as they are, are just one point of reference that we should take into account in thinking about the significance of our work. Thus, Christians can do the bulk of their academic work according to the standards and perspectives of their discipline, just as long as they are willing to keep in mind the context of theological concerns and be open to reflecting on their implications for larger questions. Because there are many Christian theologies and many academic disciplines, it is impossible to present a simple set of rules for how theology might be integrated with other scholarship. This chapter considers a few examples based on some the most common Christian points of doctrine. These include creation, the incarnation, the Holy Spirit, and the human condition.

Keywords: Christian perspectives; Christian theology; Christian doctrine; religious beliefs; creation; incarnation; Holy Spirit

Chapter.  7315 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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