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SCM Studyguide: Christian Doctrine

SCM Studyguide: Christian Doctrine

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334043249
Number of Pages: 224
Published: 01/04/2010
Width: 17.2 cm
Height: 23.4 cm

The SCM Studyguide Christian Doctrine engages readers by developing theological conversations between his or her own 'ordinary theology', on the one hand, and the theological resources of ecclesiastical and academic theology, on the other. Students get a clear view of the wide canvas of Christian doctrine, including a range of different theological positions.

This study of doctrine helps those who are seeking a form of Christian thinking and spirituality - and possibly ministry - that is true to their own lives, and takes their own hesitations and doubts seriously.

Chapters are broken up into sections and interspersed with boxes which introduce pertinent extracts from classical and contemporary theologians, together with short exercises or aids to reading these texts, or provide explanations of technical theological terms. Each chapter has questions for reflection and/or discussion, together with suggestions for further reading.

Preface v

1. Theology as Conversation: Thinking, Studying and Living Christian Doctrine 1

2. Discipleship Doctrine: Its Roots, Influences and Forms 21

3. Attempting God-Talk: Exploring Divine Discourse 44

4. Christian Activity: Worship, Ministry and Mission 63

5. Christian Belonging: The Church’s Self-Understanding 86

6. Christian Healing: Experiences and Images of Salvation 108

7. Reading Christ: Unpacking Faith in Jesus 135

8. Believing in the World: Finding God in the Mud 155

9. Embracing Mystery: The Deep Nature of God? 179

10. Christian Hopes: The Last Word for Christian Believers? 203

Further Reading 221

References 223

Index of Subjects 235

Index of Names 247

Jeff Astley

Jeff Astley is Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion and Professorial Fellow of St Chad's College, Durham University, He has worked in parish ministry, university chaplaincy and higher education, and is the author of several books, including Christ of the Everyday and the SCM Studyguide to Christian Doctrine.

" I've just read Jeff Astley's new book on Doctrine in the SCM Studyguide series (aimed at undergraduate level 1). I wish it had been around when I was starting out! It is clearly the fruit of someone practiced at teaching doctrine. It aspires to encourage the reader to engage in "theological conversations between their more 'ordinary theology', on the one hand, and the varied resources of ecclesiastical and academic theology" -- Tim Ling, Friday Mailing, May 2010

"Astley's introductory text to theology is a masterpiece of clarity and an excellent contribution to the SCM ‘Studyguide’ series. This book will make an excellent beginners' text – the purpose for which it was designed – but also a useful basis for more advanced discussion groups of what Astley is pleased to call ‘ordinary theologians’, being the non-specialist Christian thinker whether lay or ordained. And, for many ordained, this book provides a helpful refresher and a useful reference. Well done SCM." --Douglas Pratt, University of Bern, Switzerland & University of Waikato, New Zealand