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  • Changing Paradigms in Historical and Systematic Theology

Changing Paradigms in Historical and Systematic Theology RSS

This series sets out to reconsider the modern distinction between historical and systematic theology. The scholarship represented in the series is marked by attention to the way in which historiographic and theological presumptions (paradigms) necessarily inform the work of historians of Christian thought, and thus affect their application to contemporary concerns. At certain key junctures such paradigms are recast, causing a re-consideration of the methods, hermeneutics, geographical boundaries, or chronological caesuras which have previously guided the theological narrative. The beginning of the twenty-first century marks a period of such notable reassessment of the Christian doctrinal heritage, and involves a questioning of the paradigms that have sustained the classic history-of-ideas textbook accounts of the modern era. Each of the volumes in this series brings such contemporary methodological and historiographical concerns to conscious consideration. Each tackles a period or key figure whose significance is ripe for reconsideration, and each analyses the implicit historiography that has sustained existing scholarship on the topic. A variety of fresh methodological concerns are considered, without reducing the theological to other categories. The emphasis is on an awareness of the history of reception: the possibilities for contemporary theology are bound up with a careful re-writing of the historical narrative. In this sense, historical and systematic theology are necessarily conjoined, yet also closely connected to a discerning interdisciplinary engagement.

Series Editor: Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity Emerita, University of Cambridge, and Research Professor at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne and Rome and Series Editor: Richard Cross, John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

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