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Modern Christian Theology

By / T&T Clark / 2016

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Overview

Christopher Ben Simpson tells the story of modern Christian theology against the backdrop of the history of modernity itself. Modern Christian Theology examines the many ways that theology became modern while seeing how modernity arose in no small part from theology. These intertwined stories progress through four parts, spanning from the beginnings of modernity in the late Middle Ages and progressing through the Protestant Reformation, the Enlightenments and awakenings of the eighteenth-century, the nineteenth-century, and through the twentieth-century’s crisis—covering each key personalities or movements from Karl Barth to the nouvelle théologie, liberation theology, and conservative Protestantism in America.

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Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive account of of how Christian theology has deveoped from the Reformation to the twenty-first century.
  • Maximizes pedagogical tools to aid retention, using charts, graphs, tables, and other visual aids
  • Examines how cultural forces influenced theological deveopment
  • Explains key ideas and describes the compelling personalities that drove theological reflection forward

Contents

  • Part I: Emerging Modernity
    • The Middle Ages and the Lost World
    • Reformation and Humanism: 1400–1650
    • Enlightenments and Awakenings: 1650–1800
    • Kant
  • Part II: The Long Nineteenth Century
    • Romanticism: 1800–1850
    • Schleiermacher
    • Hegel and Hegelians
    • Coping with the Nova
    • Early-Nineteenth-Century Catholic and Anglo-Catholic Theology
    • Ritschlianism
    • Late-Nineteenth-Century Catholic Theology
  • Part III: Twenntieth-Century Crisis and Modernity
    • Kierkegaard and Nietzsche
    • Barth
    • Bultmann and Tillich
    • Early-Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology
    • Conservative Protestants in America
  • Part IV: The Late Modern Supernova
    • Later Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology
    • Liberation Theologies
    • Revisionist and Secular Theologies
    • Postliberal and Postsecular Theologies

Praise for the Print Edition

This is a splendid survey: judicious, precise and generous; marvelously comprehensive and yet concise. Students of modern theology will be deeply indebted to Simpson.

—David Bentley Hart, contributing editor, First Things and fellow, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies

This is the best, most up-to-date, attractive, incisive and well-informed elementary guide to modern theology now available. It has no current rivals.

John Milbank, professor, University of Nottingham

Christopher Ben Simpson's book skilfully weaves together the manifold strands of modern Christian theology in a lively and readable manner that makes the subject approachable for the non-specialist. His broad, non-partisan approach shows how the story of Christian theology has always involved a range of often conflicting approaches and that this is likely to continue into the future - a good warning to those specialists insisting too loudly on the exclusiveness of their own claims.

—George Pattison, professor, University of Glasgow

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About Christopher Ben Simpson

Christopher Ben Simpson is professor of philosophical theology at Lincoln Christian University. Simpson is the author of Religion, Metaphysics and Postmodern, The Truth is the Way: Kierkegaard's Theologia Viatorum, Deleuze and Theology, and Merleau-Ponty and Theology.