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By Hug Rayment-Pickard

ISBN-10: 0232528136

ISBN-13: 9780232528138

In fifty significant brief essays one of many UK's liveliest younger writers on faith introduces the major topics, routine and thinkers in theology. George Pattison, Professor of Divinity on the collage of Oxford says: 'Hugh Rayment-Pickard is without doubt one of the clearest thinkers at the British theological scene, and 50 Key innovations in Theology opens the door to theology for college kids and basic readers alike. He has provided a legitimate consultant for the confused and a stimulus to argument among the interested.'

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Consequently, doctrinal disputes often bring the churches into public disrepute, because outsiders simply cannot understand why the issues matter. The traditional conception of doctrine is what could be called the ‘propositional’ view that doctrines are absolute theological pronouncements from which there can be no deviation. This makes all discussion of doctrine a win–lose contest where only one party can be right, since it follows from the ‘rightness’ of one party that the other must necessarily be wrong.

Orthodoxy: the official version of Christianity. Scepticism: the tendency to doubt all dogmatic claims. ), The Cambridge Companion to Christian Doctrine (CUP, 1997) Ecotheology Theology that affirms the primacy and importance of the natural cosmos. In the past 30 years or so, the traditional doctrine of creation has faced a fundamental challenge from ecological theologians who argue that the Christian creation myth supports the supremacy of humanity over creation, rather than the mutual interdependence of humanity and nature.

IDEAS Allegory: allegories are stories in which the events and characters have a higher symbolic significance. Demythologisation: an approach pioneered by Rudolf Bultmann which attempted to show (1) that most of the New Testament and its thought-world is mythical; and (2) that the biblical myths must be reinterpreted if we are to apply them to our modern existence. Double dissimilarity: the idea, put forward by Bultmann, that if any given saying of Jesus bore similarity to any other Jewish or Christian sources, it should be disregarded as inauthentic.

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