By Oliver D. Crisp, Michael C. Rea
Philosophy within the English-speaking international is ruled by way of analytic techniques to its difficulties and tasks; yet theology has been ruled through substitute methods. Many could say that the present country in theology isn't mere ancient coincidence, yet is, quite, how issues must be. nonetheless, many others could say exactly the contrary: that theology as a self-discipline has been beguiled and brought captive via 'continental' ways, and that the consequences at the self-discipline were mostly deleterious. The methodological divide among systematic theologians and analytic philosophers of faith is ripe for exploration. the current quantity represents an try and commence a much-needed interdisciplinary dialog concerning the worth of analytic philosophical methods to theological subject matters. lots of the essays herein are sympathetic towards the firm the editors are calling analytic theology; yet, with an eye fixed towards stability, the quantity additionally contains essays and an advent that attempt to supply extra serious views on analytic theology.
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Is a matter of thinking about the central doctrines of the Christian faith from a philosophical perspective; it is a matter of employing the resources of philosophy to deepen our grasp and understanding of them. . The theologians don’t seem to be doing the work in question. : Eerdmans, 1998), 340–1. : Baker, 1984), introd. 40 Oliver D. 16 Part of the reason for this hesitancy might be due to the concern that an analytic approach is reductionistic, in that analysis tends to focus in on the minutiae of a particular problem, without considering other, wider concerns.
11 In what follows, I shall take analytic theology to be concerned with analysis in this ‘metaphysical’ sense—not in the narrower, linguistic sense applied to the earlier phases of analytic philosophy. 10 Richard Swinburne, ‘The Value and Christian Roots of Analytical Philosophy of Religion’, in Harriet A. Harris and Christopher J. ), Faith and Philosophical Analysis: The Impact of Analytical Philosophy on the Philosophy of Religion (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005), 35. 11 But caution should be exercised here.
7 This is a distinction that can be found, in various forms, in much traditional theological literature, particularly the literature indebted to a 4 The term ‘analytic theology’ is broader than ‘Analytic Thomism’ as it is understood by John Haldane (see the issue of Mind, edited by Haldane, which sets out some issues in Analytic Thomism). Whereas Haldane is interested in a particular research programme associated with Thomist studies in particular, I am interested in the application of analytical tools that might have a much wider remit than this.
Analytic Theology: New Essays in the Philosophy of Theology by Oliver D. Crisp, Michael C. Rea