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SCM Studyguide: Theology in the Contemporary World

SCM Studyguide: Theology in the Contemporary World

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334055747
Number of Pages: 216
Published: 06/12/2017
Width: 17.2 cm
Height: 23.4 cm

No sooner have they mastered the basics than students of theology can quickly find themselves in over their heads. They are bombarded with claim and counter-claim as soon as they want to tackle anything topical. The contentious subjects tend to be the historical Jesus, gender and sexuality, or the atonement. Other subjects might be less contentious but attract an astonishing excess of literature. Take the vast literature tackling the subject of the Church, for instance, or the bloated body of tomes on various aspects of Pneumatology.

Theology in the Contemporary World tries to provide the bewildered and intimidated student with a primer that is at once introductory and incisive; approachable and informative. It will help those training for ministry to recover their fascination for the subject of theology and how it could apply to their future ministry.

Table of Contents

1. The Quests for the Historical Jesus 

2. The Holy Spirit: Theologies of the Third Article and Third Article Theology  

3. The Missional Church  

4. Liberation Theology  

5. Feminist Theology  

6. Theology and Sexuality: LGBT and Queer Approaches  

7. Postmodern Faith 

8. Nonviolent Atonement 

Ben Pugh

Ben Pugh is lecturer in New Testament and Applied Theology at Cliff College, UK. He is the author of "The Old Rugged Cross: A History of the Atonement in Popular Christian Devotion", and "Bold Faith: A Closer Look at the Five Key Ideas of Charismatic Christianity".

"This is an engaging and challenging guide to some of the most important strands in theology today. It offers a comprehensive introduction to eight key areas, giving helpful background, as well as questions for reflection. It is also eminently readable. A must for every student of theology” -- Revd Dr Emma Ineson, Principal, Trinity College, Bristol.

"A lively and engaging study, Theology in the Contemporary World promises to stimulate fresh interest amongst a younger generation of students. With its clear presentation, discussion points, and summations of recent scholarship, it will provide a valuable resource for course organisers and teachers in a variety of educational contexts. " -- David Fergusson (Professor of Divinity and Principal of New College, University of Edinburgh)

"In brief compass, this book supplies students with an excellent bridge between foundational doctrines and some of the most significant contemporary conversations in theology, and does so with a keen eye for the practical and ministerial implications." -- Mark Knight, Tutor and Lecturer in Historical & Systematic Theology, St Mellitus College