12 Theses for Christian Theology in the 21st Century

Reading through different chapters of The Modern Theologians, has been most refreshing.  It’s a great book for overviews which is the way I tend to operate before going into details.  While scanning through the book earlier, I jumped straight to the epilogue which lists down a series of questions about "the health of the discipline of theology".  It’s not exhaustive but here they are:

  • How to attest in truth to God and to all else in relation to God?
  • How can theology distribute its efforts so as to be thoughtfully responsible in many spheres?
  • Will the academy be a place of genuine theology?
  • Will churches be communities genuinely informed by theology?
  • Who does theology?
  • How to celebrate the millennium?

Of course, what drew my attention was the 12 theses David Ford offers without commentary which fires up my imagination a little bit more. Enjoy and engage ,,,

        1. God is the One who blesses and loves in wisdom.
        2. Theology is done for the sake of God and the Kingdom of God.
        3. The cry of prayer is the beginning, accompaniment, and end of theology: Come, Holy Spirit! Hallelujah! and Maranatha!
        4. Study of Scripture is at the heart of theology.
        5. Describing reality in the light of God is a basic theological discipline.
        6. Theology hopes in and seeks God’s purposes while immersed in the contingencies, complexities, and ambiguities of creation and history.
        7. Theological wisdom seeks to do justice to many contexts, levels, voices, moods, genres, systems, and responsibilities.
        8. Theology is practiced collegially, in conversation and, best of all, in friendship; and, through the communion of saints, it is simultaneously premodern, modern, and postmodern.
        9. Theology is a broker of the arts, humanities, sciences, and common senses for the sake of a wisdom that affirms, critiques, and transforms each of them.
        10. Our religious and secular world needs theology with religious studies in its schools and universities.
        11. Conversation around scriptures is at the heart of interfaith relations.
        12. Theology is for all who desire to think about God and about the reality in relation to God.

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