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God's Human Future

The Struggle to Define Theology Today

David Galston (author)

ISBN: 9781598151732

Publication Date: Jul 2016

Format: Paperback

Biblical studies and theology for some time now have operated as idependent fields of study, but recent developments have opened up new avenues for them to engage one another. Both fields must now address the question: what is the value of religion for the future? Here Galston draws upon two types of theology for his response - Covenant theology and Enlightenment theology.
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Biblical studies and theology for some time now have operated as idependent fields of study, but recent developments have opened up new avenues for them to engage one another. Both fields must now address the question: what is the value of religion for the future? Here Galston draws upon two types of theology for his response. The first, Covenant theology, arises from the Hebrew Bible, iwht its image of God in agreement or covenant with a nation. The second, Enlightenment theology, arises from the wisdom tradition where the divine finds reality in the lifestyle of individuals and communities.

After the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE, Christianity came to be defined not by the parables of Jesus, which are open to many different interpretations, but rather by the belief that history will end in apocalypse. With the rise of the sciences, Western culture has kept this apocalyptic outlook but replaced religion with human reason. Galston rejects the belief that religion can be reduced to scientific ideas. Instead, he argues that religion, like poetry, holds value because it expands one's vision of life. Understood in this light, religion, though a human creation, is certainly not a waste of time.
Pages 240
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2016
Publisher Polebridge Press
Subject/s Philosophy of religion   History of religion   Biblical studies & exegesis  
David Galston, is the Academic Director of the Westar Institute and the Ecumenical Chaplain at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy.

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