Theology today can mean anything from reverence for the living God to the proposition that God is dead. How has the ‘science of thinking about God’ reached this dilemma?
In modern times theology has run into that same crisis which has been induced in the whole of civilized culture by the direction of science. The volume outlines the directions in of thought adopted by such modern theologians as Barth, Bultmann, Bonhoeffer and Tillich in the face of scientific challenge. it reveals a liveliness and openness in modern religious thought which suggests that, whatever it may become in the future, theology is not dying.
Over the last year I have been paying attention to some famous American apologists and have come to the conclusion that they are very much like politicians in their answers to questions. Finding Systematic and Philosophical Theology at the back of my bookcase has allowed for some more meaty theological thought instead.
The theology in question is focused on German protestantism of the first half of the 20th century, although there is some mention of Catholicism as well, when ideas converge. All this is actually a lot more interesting than it may sound, believe it or not.
For laypeople who are reading out of general curiosity, such as myself, the first chapter is handy in summing up theology of the church upto the 19th century, before dealing in a more detailed way with 19th century German belief. Continue reading “Systematic and Philosophical Theology – William Nicholls”