Sound theological method is a necessary prerequisite for good theological work. This accessible introduction surveys contemporary theological methodology by presenting leading thinkers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as models. Figures covered include Karl Barth, James Cone, Avery Dulles, Millard Erickson, Hans Frei, Stanley Grenz, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Elizabeth Johnson, George Lindbeck, Bernard Lonergan, Johann Baptist Metz, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Clark Pinnock, Karl Rahner, Paul Tillich, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Delores Williams. Introducing Theological Method presents the strengths and weaknesses in each of the major options. Rather than favoring one specific position, it helps students of theology think critically so they can understand and develop their own theological method.
Introduction: The Context of Modern Theology
1. The Work of Theology
2. Neo-orthodox and Ressourcement Theologies
3. Theologies of Correlation
4. Postliberal Theologies
5. Evangelical Theologies
6. Political Theologies
7. Feminist Theologies
8. Theologies of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology
Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Here?
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