Analytic Theology: New Essays in the Philosophy of Theology by Oliver D. Crisp, Michael C. Rea

By Oliver D. Crisp, Michael C. Rea

Philosophy within the English-speaking international is ruled through analytic techniques to its difficulties and initiatives; yet theology has been ruled by means of replacement techniques. Many might say that the present nation in theology isn't mere old coincidence, yet is, quite, how issues needs to be. nevertheless, many others might say exactly the contrary: that theology as a self-discipline has been beguiled and brought captive through 'continental' ways, and that the consequences at the self-discipline were principally deleterious. The methodological divide among systematic theologians and analytic philosophers of faith is ripe for exploration. the current quantity represents an try and start a much-needed interdisciplinary dialog in regards to the worth of analytic philosophical ways to theological themes. many of the essays herein are sympathetic towards the company the editors are calling analytic theology; yet, with an eye fixed towards stability, the amount additionally contains essays and an advent that attempt to supply extra severe views on analytic theology.

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To return to the analogy of the Ikea chair: my decision to take the chair to pieces in order to work out where I went wrong in my Wrst attempt to assemble it does not necessarily mean I think that the only important thing about the chair is getting its assembly right. Surely I want to assemble the chair in the right way in order to use it. Similarly, it seems to me that the analysis of Christian doctrine may be a way of making sense of what we are capable (in the face of divine mystery), in order to rightly deploy the doctrines concerned in the life of the Church.

The propositions of the Nicene–Constantinopolitan Creed. In this essay I shall not observe these distinctions since I am interested in the way theologians and churches formulate their discussion of Christian teaching, not the nature of that teaching. 8 More often than not debates about theological method incorporate aspects of both of these, although discussions focused on the nature of Christian doctrine predominate. To many familiar with analytic philosophical literature, the words ‘analytic theology’ will probably conjure up a particular mental image of a philosophical procedure—or, at least, the results of such a procedure set out in a rather dry, orderly, and logical fashion on paper.

G. : Westminster John Knox, 2005), 65–8, and Richard Briggs, Words in Action: Speech Act Theory and Biblical Interpretation (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2001). 15 Compare Alvin Plantinga: ‘Philosophical theology . . is a matter of thinking about the central doctrines of the Christian faith from a philosophical perspective; it is a matter of employing the resources of philosophy to deepen our grasp and understanding of them. . The theologians don’t seem to be doing the work in question. : Eerdmans, 1998), 340–1.

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