Ellen T. Charry

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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Of all the sources of authority for Christian theology, experience is the most awkward and ambiguous. To close in on this contested and fluid topic, this article begins with a discussion of the questions surrounding it. By responding to them, it defines experience for Christian theology as Christian theological experience (CTE), ruling out claims to experience that fall beyond this parameter. After doing that, the third section of the article attempts to identify the variety within CTE using four classic examples: St Teresa of Avila, Robert Barclay, Jonathan Edwards, and Karl Rahner. It concludes by offering some suggestions for future developments.

Keywords: Christian theology; Christian theological experience; St Teresa; Robert Barclay; Jonathan Edwards; Karl Rahner

Article.  8762 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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