The 20th and 21st Centuries have been characterized by theologians and philosophers rethinking theology and revitalizing the tradition. This unique anthology presents contributions from leading contemporary theologians - including Rowan Williams, Fergus Kerr, Aidan Nichols, G.R. Evans and Tracey Rowland - who offer portraits of over fifty key theological thinkers in the modern and postmodern era. Distinguished by its broad ecumenical perspective, this anthology spans arguably one of the most creative periods in the history of Christian theology and includes thinkers from all three Christian traditions: Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox. Each individual portrait in this anthology includes a biographical introduction, an overview of theological or philosophical writing, presentation of key thoughts, and contextual placing of the thinker within 20th Century religious discourse. Overview articles explore postmodern theology, radical orthodoxy, ecumenical theology, feminist theology, and liberation theology. A final section includes portraits of important thinkers who have influenced Christian thought from other fields, not least from Continental philosophy and literature.
StÃ¥le Johannes Kristiansen, Research fellow, The University of Bergen; Svein Rise, Professor of Systematic Theology, NLA University College in Bergen.
'... a valuable collection that provides a thorough overview of an exciting chapter in the history of Christian theology... Recommended.' Choice ’This fine collection consists of concise interpretations of an unusually large number of significant modern theologians. Indeed, the collection is unique in its capacious attention to Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant theologians alike. The genuinely ecumenical character is rare. All three of the great families of Christian theology (Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant) receive sustained serious attention both independently and interdependently: a welcome harbinger of the ecumenical future for all Christian theology.’ David W. Tracy, University of Chicago, USA 'For review purposes I read the whole book over several days. Almost every chapter gave me some fresh insight. Used in this way it can be a good refresher course in modern theology.' Church of England Newspaper '... a valuable addition to anyone’s reference library. ... within one manageable and reasonably priced volume, we have an invaluable one-stop reference work to set alongside David Ford’s The Modern Theologians ...' Church Times '... a highly valuable resource for studying contemporary theology. Coverage of the three major traditions gives the book a distinct ecumenical flavor. This fine volume will be often consulted and appreciated.' Religious Studies Review 'The breadth of scholars covered, the concise, informative overviews, and ecumenical perspective make this work an excellent addition to any scholar's collection.' Lutheran Quarterly