Theology and Society in Three Cities: Berlin, Oxford and Chicago, 1800-1914 (Paperback)Mark D. Chapman (author)
Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 30/10/2014
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Oxford, Berlin and Chicago were extraordinarily dynamic centres of theology during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. However, significant differences in the political climate and culture of each location bred strikingly divergent theological approaches in the universities of each city. Mark Chapman offers a highly original exploration of the subjection of their theologies to the changes and developments of educational policy and national and international politics, shedding light upon the constraints that such external factors have imposed upon the evolution of the discipline. Chapman highlights the efforts of theologians and churchmen to relate the true core of Christianity, a lived religion free of shibboleths, to their rapidly changing world. The opinions of conservative and liberal theologians are skilfully balanced to reveal the problems of critical history, of political authority, of increasing global awareness and of the need for social amelioration, which profoundly shaped the ways in which theology was conceived during the period. New ground has been broken in this inter-disciplinary study of the social, political and ecclesiastical contexts of Western theology. This book will be invaluable to any reader interested in the use of theology as part of the wider quest for social integration and meaning in an increasingly fragmented society.
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 11 mm
"There are many competent histories of modern theology, but few that take historical context seriously. Chapman gives us, not a series of talking heads, but portraits of three cities, and shows us how theologians wrestle with and are shaped by their academic, political, and social locations. A great project, and Chapman is a witty and engaging writer to boot." -Theodore Vial, Associate Professor of Theology, Iliff School of Theology, Denver "This is a first-rate book by one of our leading historians of theology. Chapman's ability to interweave narrative and analysis and his focus on three national contexts makes this book essential reading for students of modern theology as well as for intellectual and cultural historians." -Thomas Albert Howard, Director, Center for Faith and Inquiry, Gordon College, Wenham 'This ambitious and thoughtful book... is the result of many years of research in three different cities. It offers robust criticisms of the conservative theological approach of John Webster and the cavalier dismissal of the sociology of religion by John Milbank. There is much to enjoy here, especially for readers of Modern Believing.' -Robin Gill, Modern Believing, Vol. 57:1, January 2016 "...Chapman has written a book that is stimulating, clearly argued and, in my opinion, persuasive." -Hugh McLeod, Theology, Vol. 118 Issue 4 "Chapman's engaging chapters bring together on the common ground of 'place' critical reflections on the importance of geographical location for theology's development." -Clive Marsh, Journal of Theological; Studies, Vol. 66, No. 2, Oct 2015 "...this slender volume contains a wealth of information that even advanced scholars will find worthwhile... Those interested in the history of theology will find this book rewarding, but so will anyone who thinks seriously about the many challenges that Christianity faces in the modern world." -Christopher Adair-Toteff, Theological Studies, Vol 76, No. 3, 2015 "This is an important, concise book, deserving of a wide readership. ... Chapman's portrait of theology in three quite different locations shows us anew, with great creativity and erudition, how important context can be." -Zachery Purvis, Journal of Anglican Studies Vol. 14 Issue 1, May 2016 "This article is well composed, eminently readable and pleasantly focused." - Benjamin Dahlke, Theologische Literatur Zeitung 141. May 2016 "Chapman's work highlights trends in academe such as the influence of sociology on Christianity and the need to compromise with the secular wold that remain important today." -J. Douglas Ousley, Anglican and Episcopal History, September 2016
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