By Hug Rayment-Pickard

ISBN-10: 0232528136

ISBN-13: 9780232528138

In fifty significant brief essays one of many UK's liveliest younger writers on faith introduces the most important topics, activities and thinkers in theology. George Pattison, Professor of Divinity on the college of Oxford says: 'Hugh Rayment-Pickard is without doubt one of the clearest thinkers at the British theological scene, and 50 Key suggestions in Theology opens the door to theology for college kids and normal readers alike. He has provided a legitimate advisor for the puzzled and a stimulus to argument among the interested.'

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60:20–21). By and large, the prophets spoke optimistically about the fulfilment of history. By the second century bc, the popularity of prophetic teaching had waned.

Most highest, most good, most potent, most omnipotent; most merciful and most just; most hidden and most present; most beautiful and most strong, standing firm and elusive, unchangeable and all-changing; never new, never old; ever working, ever at rest’ (Confessions). D. M. Baillie (1887–1954) argued (in God was in Christ) against the doctrine that God is impassible (impervious to suffering) on the grounds that impassibility could not accommodate Christ’s agony on the cross. Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) describes (in The Divine Comedy) God’s three primary attributes, corresponding to the persons of the Holy Trinity: Power, Wisdom, Love.

Indeed, if Milbank were to provide criteria, he would have to concede that Lindbeck is correct in insisting on doctrinal ‘rules’. A more satisfactory modern understanding of doctrine has been offered by David Tracy (The Analogical Imagination, 1982; Plurality and Ambiguity, 1987), who accepts that there will be many valid versions of Christianity and argues that doctrine is constituted by the conversation about what he calls ‘the religious classic’. Tracy uses the word ‘classic’ to mean a religion’s governing text, idea, ritual, event or person.

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