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This text poses the question "what is theology?" and goes on to discuss issues of methodology, the relation of theology to other disciplines and different theological perspectives. It also investigates topics in the fields of philosophical theology (human existence; revelation; the language of theology; and Christianity and other religions), symbolic theology (triune God; doctrines of creation; the problem of evil and suffering; the person of Jesus Christ; and eschatology) and applied theology (the Church; ministry and mission; word and the sacraments; worship and prayer; and ethics).
John Macquarrie TD FBA was a Scottish-born theologian, philosopher and Anglican priest. He was the author of Principles of Christian Theology and Jesus Christ in Modern Thought.
Rupert Shortt: John Macquarrie, a pioneer of existential theology, was renowned for demystifying the works of Heidegger for the general reader. This background served him well in writing Principles of Christian Theology, his single-volume conspectus on the faith. His achievement centres on a capacity to frame Christian orthodoxy as the answer to the deepest philosophical questions, and thus as both credible and relevant to the contemporary enquirer.
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