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Theology: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

David Ford

October 2013

ISBN: 9780199679973

208 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

In this Very Short Introduction, David Ford provides a balanced survey, for both believers and non-believers, to the central questions of contemporary theology. In this new edition, Ford includes updates to a number of areas, including theology between faiths, theological responses to science, and the effect of globalization and technology.

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In this Very Short Introduction, David Ford provides a balanced survey, for both believers and non-believers, to the central questions of contemporary theology. In this new edition, Ford includes updates to a number of areas, including theology between faiths, theological responses to science, and the effect of globalization and technology.

  • An accessible introduction to the questions raised by and about religion, with a focus on Christianity
  • Provides a balanced account for both believers and non-believers
  • Considers the contemporary relevance of theology
  • Looks at the concept of God in ancient, modern, and postmodern contexts
  • Explores the nature of experience, knowledge, and wisdom in theology
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

New to this edition

  • Includes updates to the contemporary relevance of theology
  • Looks at the developments of theology between faiths
  • Considers the changes brought about by increased engagement between Islam and the West
  • Examines theological responses to changes and developments in science
  • Considers the effects of globalization and digitized communication on society
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

David Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, and Director of the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme

David F. Ford is Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, and Director of the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme. He is the author of many books, including most recently The Future of Christian Theology (OUP, 2011), Christian Wisdom: Desiring God and Learning in Love (CUP, 2007), and Shaping Theology: Engagements in a Religious and Secular World (OUP, 2007).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part 1: Describing the field
    1:Introduction: Theology and the religions in transformation
    2:Theology and religious studies: how is the field shaped?
    Part 2: Theological explorations
    3:Thinking of God
    4:Living before God: worship, ethics, and politics
    5:Facing evil
    6:Jesus Christ
    7:Salvation - scope, intensity, and dialogues
    Part 3: Skills, disciplines, and methods
    8:Through the past to the present: history and texts
    9:Experience, reason, and wisdom
    Part 4: Prospects
    10:Theology for the third millennium
    References
    Further reading

Reviews

It is written in an extremely accesible, interesting and fresh style and this combined with its 'safely' othodox but balanced tone will make it a useful aid to assisting a range of people. - Ray Gaston, Theology November/December 1999