By Ian S. Markham
This ground-breaking e-book demanding situations readers to reconsider the divide among liberal and orthodox methods which characterises Christianity today.Provides a substitute for the liberal / orthodox divide in modern Christianity. Defends Christianity’s engagement with non-Christian traditions. contains very important dialogue of theological procedure. Illustrated with case experiences related to human rights, interfaith tolerance, economics, and ethics.
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He returns to the very simple question – what is it to afﬁrm our doctrinal position? In his impressive Bampton lectures The Genesis of Doctrine, he formulates an answer that is both sophisticated and interesting. Much of it is an attack on the Enlightenment problems with doctrine and authority. He Engagement: What it is and Why it Matters 27 identiﬁes three arguments constructed by the Enlightenment against the traditional corpus of doctrine: 1 Doctrinal formulations are to be regarded as historically conditioned, perhaps appropriate to their own period, but of questionable modern relevance.
In the same books I also read of the Word, God, that his birth came not from human stock, not from nature’s will or man’s, but from God. 27 Augustine’s readings in Neoplatonism persuade him of God and the eternal word, although there is nothing about the Incarnation. He treats the illumination that these books provide him about God as intended by God. Although Cicero and Platonius are non-Christians, he has no difﬁculty in acknowledging the truth about God he ﬁnds within their writing. The second area we need to explore is his explicit treatment of Neoplatonism in some of his writings.
It is also this willingness that must make it both legitimate (in that it is true to Augustine’s own method) and necessary to develop the tradition. 1 The Role of Reason The issue of the role of “reason” in Augustine’s thought is contentious. Signiﬁcant difﬁculties confront us at the outset. Reason has a range of modern connotations that would make it anachronistic to impose on Augustine; in addition, it is not entirely clear whether Augustine held a consistent view on the nature of “reason,” especially in relation to “faith” and “authority” across his vast corpus.