This Companion introduces readers to the practice of Christian theology, covering what theologians do, why they do it, and what steps readers can take in order to become theological practitioners themselves. The volume aims to capture the variety of practices involved in doing theology, highlighting the virtues that guide them and the responsibilities that shape them. It also shows that the description of these practices, virtues and responsibilities is itself theological: what Christian theologians do is shaped by the wider practices and beliefs of Christianity. Written by a team of leading theologians, the Companion provides a unique resource for students and scholars of theology alike.
Contributors 1. General Introduction - Mike Higton and Jim Fodor Section 1: Reason 2. Reason - Mike Higton 3. Some Practices of Theological Reasoning, or, How to Work Well with Words - Brad J. Kallenberg 4. Arguing as a Theological Practice - Nicholas Adams 5. Seeking Clarity - Karen Kilby 6. Reading Philosophy - Simon Oliver 7. Public Reason - C. C. Pecknold Section 2: Scripture 8. Scripture - Jim Fodor 9. Scripture, Devotion, and Discipleship - Jim Fodor and Mike Higton 10. Scripture and Theology: On ‘Proving’ Doctrine Biblically - Kevin J. Vanhoozer 11. Scripture and Politics - William T. Cavanaugh 12. The Literal Sense and the Senses of Scripture - Gerard Loughlin Section 3: Tradition 13. Tradition - Mike Higton 14. Theology and Worship- Jason Byassee 15. Reading Classic Texts - Morwenna Ludlow 16. Using Creeds and Confessions - John Bradbury 17. Reading Questionable Traditions - Rachel Muers 18. The Study and Practice of Modern Theology - Stephen Plant 19. Engaging with the Contemporary Church - Paul D. Murray Section 4: Experience 20. Experience - Jim Fodor 21. Experience in Theology - Garrett Green 22. Feminist Theologies - Jenny Daggers 23. Practicing Black Theologies, or, Challenging the Racial Matrix - Willie James Jennings 24. Liberation Theology: A How-To Guide - Thia Cooper 25. Postcolonial Theologies - Susan Abraham 26. Engagement with the Arts - Richard Viladesau 27. Theology and Popular Culture - Michael W. DeLashmutt