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Not a Wisdom of this Age: Theology and the Future of the Church

Starling, David I. (2014) Not a Wisdom of this Age: Theology and the Future of the Church. In: Theology and the Future. T&T Clark, London, pp. 81-98. ISBN 9780567378675

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The chapters by David Starling and Stanley Hauerwas address the situation of the church in the post-Christendom West and its implications for the theological task. Starling’s chapter is a response to the charge (made by Hauerwas, among others) that the very idea of a systematic theology is a Christendom construct that has outlived its time. Arguing that the pre-Christendom context of 1 Corinthians provides an illuminating analogy to the situation of the church in post-Christendom Australia, Starling finds within the letter a trajectory towards theological systematization that offers strong support for the continuing legitimacy of systematic theology as a post-Christendom endeavour and some salutary warnings about how such theological system-building needs to be undertaken, if it is to be authentically an act of Christian faith, hope and love.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Theology, post-Christendom, 1 Corinthians
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Dr David Starling
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 04:40
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 04:40
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2008

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