Academic journal article Theological Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Theology and Modern European Thought

Academic journal article Theological Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Theology and Modern European Thought

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The Oxford Handbook of Theology and Modern European Thought. Edited by Nicholas Adams, George Pattison, and Graham Ward. Oxford: Oxford University, 2013. Pp. xiv + 699. $150.

This volume's 31 articles by prominent scholars, along with a substantial introduction and afterword, aim at identifying questions and issues common to theology and modern European thought. "Modern thought" is taken in a very wide and multifaceted sense. Organized by themes in six unequal sections (Identity, The Human Condition, The Age of Revolution, The World, Ways of Knowing, and Theology), various articles address literature, sociology, and politics as well as philosophy. Curiously lacking is a separate treatment of theoretical science, although "technology" is given a chapter.

Each essay stands as a separate entity, generally with little explicit connection to the other essays. This has the benefit of allowing any article to be read on its own. But it also means that there is considerable overlap, as well as differences in method. Some articles begin with substantial attention to premodern thinking (as far back as ancient Greece and the Hebrew Scriptures). Others begin with the Enlightenment (Kant is discussed in multiple contexts). …

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