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Companion Encyclopedia of Theology (Leslie Houlden) Hardcover Book, (Routledge, 1995) 9780415064477


Title: Companion Encyclopedia of Theology

Author: Houlden, Leslie

Additional Authors or Contributors: Peter Byrne (eds)

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1995

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415064477

Volumes: 1; Pages: 1120

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This unique reference is a comprehensive guide to modern theological thought. In 48 self-contained articles, an international team of theologians and practitioners of the Christian and Jewish faiths investigate and consider aspects of theology. They strive to be practical, but not partisan as they explore the applications of modern theology in the light of Christianity's place in the modern world. The Companion Encyclopedia of Theology is divided into six parts. The first three deal with major foundational aspects of Western theological reflection: the Hebrew and Christian Bible, the Tradition, and the contribution of Philosophy. The second half of the Companion is concerned with applications in relation to spirituality, contemporary ethics, and issues of present-day theological construction.

The 48 essays are descriptive, informative, and analytical. They cover a wide range of contemporary topics including Feminism in the Philosophy of Religion, The Idea of Christian Ethics, Violence, Warfare and Peace, and many more. At the end of each article, there are suggestions for further reading and the work is concluded with a comprehensive index.

The Companion is a valuable reference for students and professors and both lay and clerical practitioners of Christian and Jewish theology.

Table of Contents

General Introduction Leslie Houlden and Peter Byrne

Part I: The Bible Introduction Leslie Houlden

1. The Hebrew Bible: Formation and Character John Barton

2. The Hebrew Bible: Role in Judaism Gary Gilbert and Alan Segal

3. The Christian Adoption of the Old Testament Gillian Evans

4. The Old Testament: Historical Study and New Roles John Rogerson

5. The New Testament: Content and Character Leslie Houlden

6. The New Testament: the Tradition of Interpretation John Muddiman

7. The New Testament in Theology Heikki Raisanen

8. The Bible as Holy Book Stephen Prickett

Part II: The Tradition Introduction Leslie Houlden

9. Jesus in History and Belief Leslie Houlden

10. The Triune God of the Bible and the Emergence of Orthodoxy Robert Wilken

11. Christendom: Medieval Christianity David D'Avray

12. The Transition to Modernity Alister McGrath

13. The Enlightenment John Kent

14. Theology Now Keith Clements

15. Christian Theology and Other Faiths Gavin D'Costa

16. Theology's Dialogue with Culture Frank Burch Brown

Part III: Philosophy Introduction Peter Byrne

17. The Concept of God Keith Ward

18. The Idea of Reason Terence Penelhum

19. Natural Theology David Pailin

20. Religious Language Mark Wynn

21. Theology and Scientific Understanding Peter Byrne

22. Theological Anthropology Roger Trigg

23. Evil and Theology Stewart Sutherland

24. Feminism in the Philosophy of Religion Grace Jantzen

Part IV: Spirituality Introduction Leslie Houlden

25. Spirituality and Theology Philip Sheldrake

26. Patristic Spirituality Anthony Meredith

27. Mysticism and Devotion in the Middle Ages Benedicta Ward

28. Religious Experience in the Era of Reform Rowan Williams

29. Theology and Spirituality in the 19th and 20th Centuries Terry Tastard

30. Religious Experience and Language William J. Wainwright

31. Spirituality and Liberation Kenneth Leech

32. Spirituality and Liturgy Gordon S. Wakefield

Part V: Practical Theology Introduction Peter Byrne

33. The Idea of Christian Ethics James M. Gustafson

34. Violence, Warfare and Peace Barrie Paskins

35. Ethics and the Personal Life Helen Oppenheimer

36. Theology, Wealth and Social Justice Jack Mahoney

37. Power and the State Edward Norman

38. The Pastoral Experience Jack Dominian

39. Theology, Medicine and Health John Morgan

40. Environmental Ethics Stephen Clark

Part VI: Christian Theology: Scene and Prospect Introduction Leslie Houlden

41. The Character and Possibility of Christian Theology Today John Kent

42. Making Sense of God Theodore Jennings

43. The Figure of Jesus Christ in Contemporary Christianity John Macquarrie

44. The Trinity in Modern Theology Colin Gunton

45. Theology in the Narrative Node Brian Horne

46. Theology in the Dogmatic Mode Paul Avis

47. Theology as Praxis Dan Cohn-Sherbok

48. Theology and the Future of the Church Walter Hollenweger

Index

Reviews

"... it will serve as a complement to theological reference works written from traditional and even contemporary evangelical points of view. All comprehensive theological collections that can afford this work should purchase it."--Library Journal. 7/15/95

"... this is a very relevant and excellent reference tool to which church librarians can turn and refer their users for many practical and often sought-after research questions..."--Church and Synagogue Library Association Newsletter, 9/96

"... not only a harvest of information, but also a rich and creative theological work in its own right. ... Essential for any good theology library, this work could be as useful in church and school settings as in higher education..."--Theology, 7/1/96

"[T]his work is probably as well written as any collection of essays can be ... [T]his introductory textbook will easily pass muster in most British Universities and divinity schools attached to American universities."--Ashland Theological Journal

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