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Gerardo Marti

More and more theologians are embracing ethnographic methods as core to accomplishing their theological work. 1 While the incorporation of social scientific methodology within theology is not in and of itself new, 2 and there are important dialogues regarding empirical research and the

Sociology and Theology

Alliance and Conflict

Edited by David A. Martin, John O. Mills and W.S.F. Pickering

This study brings together two disciplines, now more and more considered being conjuncted. Both sociology and theology give an account of the human condition, but the majority of sociologists and theologians have dismissed each other's views as irrelevant.
Updated reprint of the book with the same title, published in 1980 by The Harvester Press.

Contributors: John Orme Mills, Eileen Barker, Christopher Harris, David Martin, William Pickering, W. Donald Hudson, Robin Gill, Gregory Baum, Timothy Radcliffe, Antoine Lion, Robert Towler.

Martin Kavka

a theologian, perhaps the most traditional of names for the kind of scholar whom Arnal and McCutcheon abjure. Nonetheless, I hope in the following pages to show that I do not claim to be a typical theologian, and that a different approach to theological work—one that is not invested in protecting


Ulrich Rudolph

Al-Māturīdī (d. 944 CE), the prominent Hanafi scholar from Samarqand, succeeded in formulating a theological doctrine which is widely accepted in Sunni Islam to this day. The present volume which is a revised English translation of the German original published in 1997 examines his teachings by describing their principal characteristics and situating them in the history of kalām.
Part one investigates the development of Hanafi thought in Transoxania before Māturīdī's time. Part two deals with the other religious groups (in particular the Mu'tazilites) which emerged in this area during his lifetime. Part three shows how he explained and defended the position of his predecessors; in doing so, he reformed their traditional views, thereby developing his own theology which then became the basis of a new tradition, viz. the Māturīdite school.

Pentecostal Theology

A Conversation on the Full Gospel

Wolfgang Vondey

1 Introduction It is a privilege to find my book, Pentecostal Theology , reviewed in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology by a critical but generous group of Pentecostal scholars. This flagship journal, and first academic serial to publish constructive theological research from a Pentecostal

Michael Smith

1 Introduction In this article, theological frames are developed to extend comparative theological concepts for social research on Christian organisations and agencies. They are defined as a framework for the theological interpretation of social life and are offered as a new approach for


Henk van den Belt

The authority of Scripture is the cornerstone of Reformed theology. Calvin introduced the term autopistos from Greek philosophy to express that this authority does not depend on the church or on rational arguments, but is self-convincing. After dealing with Calvin’s Institutes, the development of Reformed orthodoxy, and the positions of Benjamin B. Warfield and Herman Bavinck, the author draws theological conclusions, advocating a renewed emphasis on the autopistia of Scripture as starting point for Reformed theology in a postmodern context. The subject-object scheme leads to separating the certainty of faith from the authority of Scripture. The autopistia of Scripture, understood as a confessional statement, implies that truth and trust are inseparable.

Terry Biddington

Theorists: Foucault, Augé, Lefebvre and Soja Anyone familiar with current studies in urban geography, town planning, social theory or public theology will be aware of the work of Foucault, Augé, Lefebvre and Soja. Analysis of the nature of space and place and its relationship to human identity

João Décio Passos

The term ‘public theology’ incorporates an essential dimension of rational and established discourse of faith, and verges on, therefore, verbal redundancy. There is no logos other than public, in view of the consensus on which all objective discourse in its genesis and structure is built. The


Racha el Omari

This is the first comprehensive monograph on the theology of Abū l-Qāsim al-Kaʿbī al-Balkhī (d. 319/931), a leading Muʿtazilī who flourished at the end of the Baghdādī school and at the beginning of the scholastic phase of Muʿtazilī history. The study of al-Kaʿbī’s theology has been hindered by historiographical barriers: the fragmentary nature of extant articles, and the difficulties of reconstructing their contexts. This work investigates the twofold challenge of recovering al-Kaʿbī’s theology on the basis of a source-critical reconstruction of major extant fragments. One result of this study positions al-Kaʿbī’s theology as influenced less by the precepts of a Baghdādī school, and guided more by his individual views and affinity for earlier independent Muʿtazilī positions. Another result not only corroborates al-Kaʿbī’s previously noted contributions in epistemology and cosmology, but also argues for their centrality to his theology as a whole.