50 Key Concepts in Theology by Hug Rayment-Pickard

By Hug Rayment-Pickard

In fifty impressive brief essays one of many UK's liveliest younger writers on faith introduces the foremost topics, pursuits 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 students 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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Demiurge: a figure in some religions who is responsible for the creation of the physical universe. Dominionism/dominion theology: a right-wing theology in the United States that supports ideas of Christian theocracy and the Christian entitlement to ‘subdue’ and ‘dominate’ the world. ) Imago Dei: the doctrine that humans are created in the image of God. BOOKS Jurgen Moltmann, God in Creation: A New Theology of Creation and the Spirit of God (Augsburg Fortress, 1993) Arthur Peacock, Creation and the World of Science: The Re-Shaping of Belief (OUP, 2004) The Death of God The idea that God has disappeared both practically and theoretically from human life.

The idea, set out in the book of Genesis, that we have ‘dominion’ over nature and are entitled to do what we like to the world, has allegedly given theological justification to our abuse of nature and its resources: We shall continue to have a worsening ecological crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man … Both our present science and our present technology are so tinctured with orthodox Christian arrogance toward nature that no solution for our ecological crisis can be expected from them alone.

IDEAS Coincidentia oppositorum: or coincidence of opposites, a view developed by Nicholas of Cusa in the fifteenth century (in On Learned Ignorance) and recently revived by Thomas Altizer, that sees all contradictions contained within God’s infinity. Divine command theory: this states that God is not subject to our definition of goodness and determines what is good through his ordinances. The Euthrypo dilemma was posed by Socrates in Plato’s Euthrypo and asks whether ‘God’ and ‘goodness’ are one and the same.

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