The following steps are emphasized: soteriology
(linked with Christology); social ethics and hope.
Building upon the notion that humanity's God-given telos is integral to an understanding of how humans thrive, this paper presents an understanding of how the doctrines of Christology and soteriology
may provide resources for further identifying this telos.
What Goertz establishes successfully is that Muntzer's soteriology
of purgation and regeneration was central to his career as a reformer from 1521 onward, and that he owed it to his distinctive appropriation of the medieval German mystical tradition.
He provides ample research to support this belief: the Baptist belief in the autonomy of the local church, a softening of Calvinistic soteriology
, and that an educated ministry did not necessarily fit well into a region that was embracing the American Dream and Jacksonian Democracy.
Further, he asserts that with the upward social mobility of a burgeoning black middle class and upper class, which usually comprises theologians and preachers, there is a danger of holding a soteriology
that clearly privileges "the slavery of sin" over "the sin of slavery." This, according to Warnock, risks becoming a truncated soteriology
that dismisses the concerns of the margin.
Rizvi, on the other hand, explores the connection between ethics and soteriology
through the thought of Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari (b.
His reduction of Buddhism to a religion of escape from the world does not move beyond the "negative soteriology
" of John Paul II's Crossing the Threshold of Hope (1995), overlooking Buddhism's profound teaching on compassion and its world-embracing ideal of Bodhisattva.
The reader will be impressed with the depth and breadth of Karkkainen's scholarship and his remarkable ability to integrate them all into a coherent articulation of Christology and soteriology
. The volume's introduction, "Methodological Vision in a New Key," serves to set the agenda, and the concluding sections of the book attempt to engage with specific challenges to Christology from Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, while offering a vision of reconciliation as the church's mission in the world.
This theme of the tree as organisational structure for a particular field of knowledge is pursued with reference to soteriology
in Susanne Wittekind's chapter, which discusses the Tree of Vices in addition to those trees already mentioned.
Gunton, a theologian in Barth's tradition, conceives the Trinity in relation to the created order, he argues, and his correlations between creation, soteriology
, eschatology, and his theory of culture elevate the doctrine of creation to a place of importance in his theology.
With the clarity and confidence of a mature scholar of Paul, Matera works his way from an examination of Paul's experience through christology, soteriology
, ecclesiology, ethics, eschatology, and finally Paul's understanding of God.
For the first term in this formula, "soteriology
," we might be able to substitute a more descriptive term such as "salvation-liberation" and still cover a broad range of historical religions; for "engagement," I will argue that "relationship" is a good model with useful generality; but the final term (God, Christ, emptiness, or what have you) tends to be highly religion-specific.
In addition to this overarching theme, Dodds discusses an impressive number of related issues, from the debate over Calvinist soteriology
to the origins of Latitudinarianism and Arminianism.
Once his "Gnostic school of thought" is given its fluid but distinctive qualities (rooted in the Jewish heritage and concerned with a species of soteriology
), Brakke is required to explore the hardening (but not yet hardened) boundaries between his Gnostics and their analogues in the wider Christian world.
160), and in the footnote refers to my article, "Soteriology
: Adam and the Fall," PSCF 49, no.