By Ian S. Markham
This ground-breaking publication demanding situations readers to reconsider the divide among liberal and orthodox techniques which characterises Christianity today.Provides an alternative choice to the liberal / orthodox divide in modern Christianity. Defends Christianity’s engagement with non-Christian traditions. contains very important dialogue of theological procedure. Illustrated with case reviews regarding human rights, interfaith tolerance, economics, and ethics.
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Extra resources for A Theology of Engagement (Challenges in Contemporary Theology)
Most of these so-called philosophers who lived in Cicero’s time and before are noted in the book. . 26 Cicero’s Hortensius is Augustine’s way into philosophy. From it, Augustine learns the importance of seeking wisdom. As Augustine became disillusioned with Manchaeism, so he discovered Neoplatonism (probably the writings of Plotinus). He ﬁnds in these writings good arguments for the existence of God and his eternal word. , God] made use of a man, one who was bloated with the most outrageous pride, to procure me some of the books of the Platonists, translated from the Greek into Latin.
36 And later “credal language came out of another time. ”37 Scattered throughout his work, one ﬁnds three reasons for the impossibility of afﬁrming credal language. The ﬁrst is the displacement of a premodern cosmology by our modern scientiﬁc worldview. Much like Bultmann before him, he makes much of the breakdown in the three-tier universe and the sheer vastness of space. Second, he ﬁnds much of the tradition morally suspect. , on sexual questions), but also in doctrine, especially aspects of the traditional doctrine of God.
To do this he needs to discard the Bible and the tradition apart from their bearing on this “Jesus experience” as he perceives it. Now this is very unfair to the tradition, at times it creates needless difﬁculties for Spong. For example, on the idea of God, he ﬁrst explains how a three-tier universe gave birth to the picture of God as the highly anthropomorphic parent who constantly interferes with his creation, and then writes: These ideas of God were ﬁrmly set and universally believed, and they formed the essence of the faith of Christians for the ﬁrst sixteen hundred years or so of their history.