Theological Styles and Methods

Gerald O'Collins

in Rethinking Fundamental Theology

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199605569
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729454 | DOI:
Theological Styles and Methods

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Theological method belongs to the agenda to fundamental theology. Hence this final chapter recognizes three styles of theology: (1) an academic style in search of truth that finds its sources in writings from the past; (2) a practical style in search of justice that ‘consults’ the poor and suffering in matters of faith, doctrine, and morality; (3) a prayerful style in search of the divine beauty that nourishes a yearning for a final future through public worship. These styles, which, when developed unilaterally, can go astray, need and complement each other. The chapter ends with eight pieces of advice to theologians: be scriptural, historical, philosophical, provisional, ecumenical, local, converted, and prayerful.

Keywords: fundamental theology; divine beauty; truth; justice; theological methods; doctrine; morality

Chapter.  7565 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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