Theological Reflection (theological + reflection)

Distribution by Scientific Domains

Selected Abstracts

Theology is not Mere Sociology: A Theological Reflection on the Reception of the Christian Religion in Mainland China

DIALOG, Issue 3 2004
By Pilgrim W.K.
Abstract:, Post-Maoist China retains its loyalty to Marxist principles; yet voices are being heard that interpret religion much more positively. Both government spokespersons and Religious Studies scholars measure the value of religion according to its social function. Such a criterion of evaluation fails to take account of what is essential to Christian theology, namely, appeal to divine transcendence. Yet, Christian theology in the tradition of the Lutheran Reformation begins with transcendence and turns toward human responsibility for the world through loving the neighbor. This may mark a common cause between Chinese sociology of religion and Christian commitments to social well-being. [source]

SCM Studyguide to Theological Reflection , By Judith Thompson, Stephen Pattison and Ross Thompson

William E. Abshire
No abstract is available for this article. [source]

Theological Reflection: Sources , By Elaine Graham, Heather Walton, and Frances Ward

David H. Jensen
No abstract is available for this article. [source]

Hope Deferred: Theological Reflections on Reproductive Loss (Infertility, Stillbirth, Miscarriage)

L. Serene Jones
This essay examines the human experience of reproductive loss and grief surrounding infertility, miscarriage and stillbirth, in particular why such painful silences persist where one might least expect it; namely, in feminist communities and in churches. By bringing into conversation feminist theory and systematic theology on this topic, the author effectively crosses (and cross-fertilizes) the boundaries of two important sets of discourse with the hope of better understanding why painful silences persist concerning reproductive loss and what theological , in particular Trinitarian , resources are available to help the church think about the issue (both those who suffer this loss and the broader community who seeks to understand it). [source]

Beyond Dialogue: The Role of Science Within Theology

DIALOG, Issue 3 2007
Ernest L. Simmons
Abstract:, The purpose of this article is to provide background overview and contemporary context for the theme of this issue of Dialog, the role of science within theology. Over the last fifty years, this role has primarily involved dialogue and the drive to mutual understanding. That discussion has now reached a new stage seeking to move beyond dialogue toward what some are referring to as hypothetical consonance. One of the most serious constructive proposals moving beyond dialogue is Creative Mutual Interaction (CMI), proposed by Robert John Russell. The first five ways he discusses in CMI specifically address the role of science in theological reflection. It is argued that these five ways will assist the reader in contextualing the discussion found in the articles in this issue. Elaboration of each way is given, concluding with a constructive theological example of the heuristic use of scientific concepts found in quantum field theory. [source]

What is Systematic Theology?

Three types of systematic theology are distinguished, each with its own form, function, interests and location: ,official', produced by the institutional church; ,ordinary' theological reflection, engaged in by virtually all believers; professional-academic systematic theology. Viewed in the context of the theology of the church, official theology would benefit from a more realistic understanding of ordinary theologies. Academic systematic theology mediates between the other two, critically and constructively, and engages university disciplines likewise. It belongs within the sphere of the church but at some distance from the institution, and thus is usefully (though necessarily uneasily) located within the university. [source]