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Theology as a Discipline?

Theology is certainly a discipline, it just isn’t a very good academic discipline:

Theology is an intellectual ministry to the church, evoking the church as servant of God in the world. But it is also a dimension of the church’s ministry in the situation itself, and so in the ‘world’ conceived as a theological reality and understood in theological terms.

Robert M. Doran, Theology and the Dialectics of History, 355.

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8 thoughts on “Theology as a Discipline?

  1. i just read santayana; critical realism. theology can have relative practical validity but no absolute truth. of course, moltmann would say the absolute side of his ontology will be eschatologically verified. for santayana, theology provides the “urge” to move phenomena to higher forms. and , of course , philosophy falls short too. he didn’t care much for german idealism

  2. Michael Westmoreland-White says:

    On my old blog, Levellers, I argued similarly for theology as a craft. It should still be there under the page on popular series. I will move it to my new blog, Pilgrim Pathways. It takes time to move all this.

    But I think there are connections.

  3. Ben says:

    “theology provides the ‘urge’ to move phenomena to higher forms”

    Exactly! Theology is that logic of desire whose rationality is in tune with the liberation of the phenomena toward a relation with the real. Whereas critical realism is a profoundly conservative move, maintaining the status quo of the phenomena and policing the bounds within which they can move and appear. Free the prisoners!

  4. Jerms says:

    Who are you thinking of? (The reason I’m interested is that BL and RD both call the epistemological position laid out in Insight and sitting at the base of TDH by the name of ‘critical realism.’ But it doesn’t fit the description you give [your “profoundly conservative” comment up above].)

    And, partly just to make sure I understand what you’re after, do you think it would be accurate to restate your comment, “logic of desire whose rationality is in tune with the liberation of the phenomena toward a relation with the real,” as something like ‘the removal and reversal of objective surds so as to bring objective reality into conformity with transcendently-informed reason’?

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