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Introduction: Systematic Theology

John Webster

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199245765.003.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Introduction: Systematic Theology

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The theological discipline to which this Handbook is devoted is variously identified as Christian doctrine, dogmatics, or systematic theology. It is characterized by a measure of internal contestation. The contests are generally of two kinds: material, that is, contests about the content of Christian claims to reality, which are the matter upon which systematic theology goes to work; and formal, that is, contests about the task, modes, and structure of systematic theology. This article deals with the formal elements of the discipline. The discussion here provides a skeletal account of the genesis and development of the discipline and helps place in context contemporary contests about its nature and tasks.

Keywords: dogmatics; Christian doctrine; systematic theology; God

Article.  6589 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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