The Theological Endeavour for the 21st Century

In the massive volume ‘The Modern Theologians – an introduction to Christian Theology since 1918’ (3rd ed. 2011), editor David Ford offers an Epilogue: Twelve Thesis for Christian Theology in the Twenty-first Century.

They are:

  1. God is the One who blesses and loves in wisdom.
  2. Theology is done for the sake of God and the Kingdom of God.
  3. The cry of prayer is the beginning, accompaniment, and end of theology: Come, Holy Spirit! Hallelujah! and Maranatha!
  4. Study of scripture is at the heart of theology.
  5. Describing reality in the light of God is a basic theological discipline.
  6. Theology hopes in and seeks God’s purposes while immersed in the contingencies, complexities and ambiguities of creation and history.
  7. Theological wisdom seeks to do justice to many contexts, levels, voices, moods, genres, systems, and responsibilities.
  8. Theology is practiced collegially, in conversation and, best of all, in friendship; and, through the communion of saints, it is simultaneously premodern, modern, and postmodern.
  9. Theology is a broker of the arts, humanities, sciences, and common sense for the sake of wisdom that affirms, critiques, and transforms each of them.
  10. Our religious and secular world needs theology with religious studies in its schools and universities.
  11. Conversation around scriptures is at the heart of interfaith relations.
  12. Theology is for all who desire to think about God and about reality in realtion to God.

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