Many theologians writing today write to specific doctrines or dogmas. The work of creating a systematic theology is, for most church theologians, the work of a lifetime--or they see their work as contributing to one piece of the whole. Nonetheless, there are contemporary books that try to present the sweep of systematic theology to students engaging in this particular subdiscipline of theology. This list is ecumenical.
1. Prolegomena -- 2. A congruent ontology -- 3. A christological determination of biblical history -- 4. Tradition as the transmission of revelation -- 5. The mysteric pattern of Christian existence -- 6. The Holy Trinity as matrix and goal of persons and the world.
Just as the Church's creed summarizes what Christians believe, this book summarizes why they believe it. He explains what it is to believe and who it is they believe in. He opens up the context of the creed: the scriptures, the movements, the heresies, and the councils that forged its words, as well as the living Church still nurtured by its tenets. His analysis guides readers through a thicket of ancient and modern theological issues.-- From publisher's description.
This book not only interprets fundamental Christian beliefs, but it also shows how and why these beliefs arose, promoting an understanding of theological reflection that encourages readers to think theologically themselves. It explores the ways in which major thinkers in the Christian tradition have shaped theology through the wide variety of their encounters with God
Presenting two dialoguing essays on each of nine foremost theological questions, the editor provides an introductory reader in theology. Himself giving a discussion of the history and current state of each doctrinal issue, he allows the essays to explore and raise questions about their key elements and the contemporary issues confronting them
1. The doctrinal crisis in the church today -- 2. The meaning of sacred doctrine -- 3. Sacred doctrine in recent church teaching -- 4. A hermeneutic of sacred doctrine for all times -- 5. Doctrine and the evangelist -- Conclusion. Teaching holy wisdom with divine love and mercy
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