Theologies of Retrieval

John Webster

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

 Theologies of Retrieval

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This article examines the prospects held out by a cluster of theologies that reach a broadly similar set of judgements about the nature of systematic theology. These theologies are too diverse to constitute a movement, still less a school. If for the purposes of exposition they can be brought together under a single head, it is because they exhibit a set of common concerns and share some ways of addressing the theological task. These theologies are differently occasioned: some are generated by dissatisfaction with the commanding role played by critical philosophy or by historical and hermeneutical theory in mainstream modern theology. All, however, tend to agree that mainstream theological response to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century critiques of the Christian religion and Christian religious reflection needlessly distanced theology both from its given object and from the legacies of its past.

Keywords: systematic theology; judgements; hermeneutical theory; critical philosophy; Christian religion; religious reflection

Article.  7493 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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