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Faith and Criticism: A Problem for Theology

Basil Mitchell

in Faith and Criticism

Published in print January 1995 | ISBN: 9780198267584
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683312 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267584.003.0001
Faith and Criticism: A Problem for Theology

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This chapter examines one central argument against liberal theology. It is an argument which is believed to have a good deal of substance in it, and provides much of the attraction which fundamentalism exerts upon genuinely Christian minds. It also inspires some strongly radical ventures in theology. In the course of rebutting this argument, the book offers a positive account of the relationship between faith and criticism in Christian theology. It is this very concern with the truth about things which sets the agenda for liberal theology. The problem, as liberals see it, is that one has available sources of knowledge which are independent of the Christian tradition and which, since truth is one, need to be in some way brought into relation with it. Theologians must take full account of the Darwinian theory of natural selection in endeavouring to understand creation.

Keywords: theology; fundamentalism; faith; criticism; natural selection; liberals; creation

Chapter.  5468 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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