The present volume represents an attempt to begin a much-needed interdisciplinary conversation about the value of analytic philosophical approaches to theological topics. Is that to say that there is no truth to be had? Scripture as the Word of God, Thomas McCall 9. Most of the essays herein are sympathetic toward the enterprise the editors are calling analytic theology; but, with an eye toward balance, the volume also includes essays and an introduction that try to offer more critical perspectives on analytic theology. Most of the essays herein are sympathetic toward the enterprise the editors are calling analytic theology; but, with an eye toward balance, the volume also includes essays and an introduction that try to offer more critical perspectives on analytic theology. By way of example, Christians have held for centuries that God answers petitionary prayer.
The three essays in the first part set out analytic theology's credentials. In a 2017 interview, Oliver Crisp suggests that analytic theology is not attempting to take over the work of theology, but is instead suggesting an additional set of resources that theologians could turn to in order to find help in their theological projects. Rea Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009 , 157. A basic perfection account is first set out. I then set out the Shared Task of Systematic Theology Shared Task , which is a conceptual threshold for systematic theology that reflects the thought of Webster, Gerrish, and Kaufman.
With the possible exception of one contribution, the purpose of Analytic Theology: New Essays in the Philosophy of Theology is not only to commend to systematic theologians a more thoroughgoing engagement with analytic philosophy, but also to suggest that some of the methods and priorities Journal International Journal of Systematic Theology — Wiley Published: Oct 1, 2010. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Gödel and Gettier may have done it. But the Christian community has its own questions, its own concerns, its own topics for investigation, its own agenda and its own research program. I show that there is no agreed view on the nature of systematic theology amongst several leading practitioners of systematic theology by comparing the work of John Webster, Brian Gerrish, and Gordon Kaufman. In contrast, Chignell argues that Kant himself engages in a certain sort of speculative theology and would not stand in clear opposition to contemporary analytic philosophical theology.
For example, ideas such as speech-act theory or possible worlds semantics have been applied to theological questions involving divine revelation or foreknowledge. For this reason, understanding the 20th-century shifts in Anglo-American philosophy is important to understanding the appearance of analytic theology. One should expect the scholar's particular strengths, theology versus philosophy, to take the leading role in their writing. Abstract It is often said that analytic theology is not really systematic theology; it is something else entirely. And obviously, Christian philosophers are the ones who must do the philosophical work involved. Rea Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2009 , 7. And if all is indeed said and done, there will be no hope of discovering still further arguments to settle our differences.
The difference between Analytic Theology and is largely sociological or historic. Similarly one might ask what the difference between analytic theology and the Analytic Philosophy of Religion is. Experience Sometimes, it seems these sources of authority conflict. Given the types of historical philosophy that have funded analytic , analytic theologians are frequently involved in retrieval theology as they revisit, re-appropriate, and modify older Christian solutions to theological questions. On the other hand, many others would say precisely the opposite: that theology as a discipline has been beguiled and taken captive by 'continental' approaches, and that the effectson the discipline have been largely deleterious. Analytic philosophy may be clear to readers trained in the analytic tradition, but it is not clear to every intelligent reader.
Christian Faith: Dogmatics in Outline. But surely it is not Plantinga's job to formulate those arguments. In such situations, we might and different traditions indeed do prioritize one source over another. After a long period of hostility or apathy toward religion, it has surged back to the investigation of religious, theological, ethical, and metaphysical questions. Interpretation universalism is usually taken to mean that straightforward talk about transcendent phenomenon is highly problematic at best, impossible at worst. Analytic theology is strongly related to the but is wider in scope due to its willingness to engage topics not normally addressed in the philosophy of religion such as the , , salvation, and.
Dole agrees that Schleiermacher would reject philosophical theology founded on analytic metaphysics—though not for any Kantian reasons. Arguably, the philosophical vocabulary and logical machinery of contemporary analytic metaphysics is especially well suited to this challenge. But the tacit assumption has come to be that such claims will always have to be defended on an individual, ad hoc, basis; deep skepticism reigns among analytic philosophers concerning all grand proposals for demarcating the thinkable from the unthinkable, the assertible from the non-assertible. Treating conceptual analysis insofar as it is possible as a source of evidence. He then shows how analytic theology shares a common task and goals with systematic theology and rises above a conceptual threshold established by the way various theologians view systematic theology. Finally, I briefly propose a mode of future engagement between the two disciplines and will consider the program of analytic theology.
It is the articulation of the central themes of Christian teaching illuminated by the best insights of analytic philosophy. Many would say that the current state in theology is not mere historical accident, but is, rather, how things ought to be. . Sarah Coakley's topic and target is very precise -- the use of Teresa of Avila as an example in philosophical arguments about religious experience. The Handbook and the two readers show that this stereotype is not true anymore.