The Culture of Theology

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John Webster
Ivor J. Davidson, Alden C. McCray
  • Ada, MI: 
    Baker Academic
    , October
     176 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by David Escobar Arcay forthcoming.


This outstanding work offers a short account of the nature of Christian theology. In a series of six lectures, John Webster explores the privilege of thinking and speaking of God in light of "the staggering good news of Jesus Christ." How might faith approach that task? Webster proposes that we do theology well when we recognize the gospel as the most important reality. He considers the significance of church, Bible, and tradition as foundational to the unique "cultural world" the gospel brings into being, and he explores the challenges as well as the joys of inhabiting that sphere. Theology has particular responsibilities: in its academic conversations, in its self-criticism, and in its spiritual and moral life; at the heart of its calling lies prayer. Webster's exposition, here available in book form for the first time, is accompanied by an introduction by his close colleague, Ivor J. Davidson, who was involved in the original lecture series and discussed the material extensively with him.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Ivor J. Davidson is Honorary Research Professor at King's College, University of Aberdeen. He previously held chairs in systematic and historical theology at the University of Otago and the University of St. Andrews. He has written extensively on Christian doctrine and on patristic theology and history.

Alden C. McCray is a PhD candidate at the University of St. Andrews.


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