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Theology: A Very Short Introduction (1999 original; edició 2000)

de David F. Ford (Autor)

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This Very Short Introduction provides both the believer and non-believer with a balanced survey of the central questions of theology. David Ford's approach draws us in to considering the principles underlying religious belief, including the centrality of salvation to most major religions, the concept of God in ancient, modern, and postmodern contexts, the challenge posed to theology by prayer and worship, and the issue of sin and evil. He also probes the nature of experience, knowledge, and wisdom in theology, and discusses what is involved in interpreting theological texts. Ford's introduction to theology has already helped tens of thousands of believers and non-believers to understand the central questions of contemporary theology. In this new edition, he includes updates to a number of areas, including theology between faiths, theological responses to science, and the effects of globalization and technology. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.… (més)
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Títol:Theology: A Very Short Introduction
Autors:David F. Ford (Autor)
Informació:Oxford University Press (2000), Edition: New Ed, 192 pages
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It may be a very short introduction, but the writing style is very dense. I don't like the style, as I find it obscures the author's ideas, which are often very interesting. ( )
  KWharton | Nov 29, 2018 |
About the author: quoting from the book's cover, "David F. Ford is Regius Professor in the University of Cambridge. [His books include multiple titles on theology]." Stephen Sykes of the University of Durham said of this work, "David Ford tempts his reader into the huge resources of theology with an attractive mix of simple questions and profound reflection. With its vivid untechnical language it succeeds brilliantly in its task of introduction."
  uufnn | Jun 24, 2017 |
After a couple of introductory chapters in which Ford clarifies that he is going to talk about Christian theology rather than a general study of comparative religion, he goes to on to show what he thinks are the key issues in theology in a book that raises questions rather than attempts to answer them. The main issues he highlights are God, worship and ethics, evil, Jesus, and salvation. He rounds off with some examples of how to do theology -- its roots in history and epistemology and hints of its inter-relation with many other subjects. Not bad going for 175 pages. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Dec 14, 2012 |
I primarily judge the books in the Very Short Introduction series by two criteria. First, how well does the author cover the topic. Second, does the author write with a distinct point of view. The second being more important than the first as only a clear perspective can keep such a short overview from being completely dry.

In part II of this work, David Ford does an excellent job based on these criteria. First, he limits himself to Christianity, as a broader scope would completely dilute the discussion. Then he delves into the ways Christian theology deals with God, morality and ethics, evil, Christ, and salvation. His style is to frame the questions and describe the types of answers that are possible. His view are present but he gives credence to a range of approaches. The writing is clear and concise.

Unfortunately, the rest of the book was aimed very narrowly at beginning students in seminary or university theology programs. The book opens with a discussion of the appropriate relationship between those institutions. Part III is a freshman overview of hermeneutics and epistemology, and the book closes with a dean's oration on the value of theology in the modern world.

Although I don't doubt that the VSI series is used in introductory college classes, it also has a wider readership and a greater respect for that audience could have broadened the range of theological issues addressed. ( )
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This Very Short Introduction provides both the believer and non-believer with a balanced survey of the central questions of theology. David Ford's approach draws us in to considering the principles underlying religious belief, including the centrality of salvation to most major religions, the concept of God in ancient, modern, and postmodern contexts, the challenge posed to theology by prayer and worship, and the issue of sin and evil. He also probes the nature of experience, knowledge, and wisdom in theology, and discusses what is involved in interpreting theological texts. Ford's introduction to theology has already helped tens of thousands of believers and non-believers to understand the central questions of contemporary theology. In this new edition, he includes updates to a number of areas, including theology between faiths, theological responses to science, and the effects of globalization and technology. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

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