Public Theology for the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of Duncan B. Forrester

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Duncan B. Forrester, William Storrar, Andrew Morton
A&C Black, 2004 - Religion - 467 pages
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The book is a unique stocktaking, by a leading international group of theologians, social scientists and other scholars, on issues facing public theology at the beginning of the 21st century. It combines retrospect and prospect, in that it reflects on the issues and approaches that have characterized public theology in the 20th century, especially its latter half, and attempts to anticipate those which will or should come to the fore in the 21st century, seeking to discern continuities and changes. Three opening chapters deal with the overall theme of public or political theology, with Jurgen Moltmann giving a critical historical account from the Second World War onwards, Raymond Plant relating such theology to cultural pluralism, and Andrew Morton illustrating it from the work of Duncan Forrester. These are followed by pairs of contributions relating public theology to more specific topicsr: History; Technology and Creation; Globalization; Spirituality; Punishment and Forgiveness; Medical Ethics; Tolerance and Human Rights; Social Exclusion and Equality.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
a public theologian
25
Political theology in Germany after Auschwitz
37
the role of theology
45
an Argentinian perspective
63
Freedom in the crisis of modernity
77
moral neutrality in the political sphere and Christian
95
The Reformed tradition and the virtue of tolerance
107
Emerging Concerns Twentyfirstcentury Issues
251
an essay in empirical theology
267
Punishing Christians
285
On whether forgiveness has boundaries
303
EQUALITY
315
practical theology
331
EXCLUSION
351
Teologias Desencajadas
365

Human rights divine transcendence
123
some reflections
143
Pluralism religion and justification in liberal societies
159
Public theology and political economy in a globalizing era
179
an economist s perspective
195
how Christian
213
is there a spirituality for justice in
231
Public theology in an age of voter apathy
385
Duncan Forresters
405
Afterword
431
Duncan B Forrester
439
Index
445
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William Storrar is Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, in the University of Edinburgh. Dr Andrew R. Morton is Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh.

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