By Wolfhart Pannenberg
Referred to as probably the most extraordinary theologians of the 20th century, Wolfhart Pannenberg can be thought of an excellent interdisciplinary philosopher. Now, essays and articles on technological know-how and theology which are valuable to realizing Pannenberg's theories were amassed into one volume.Niels Henrik Gregersen, a former scholar of Pannenberg and now professor of systematic theology at Copenhagen collage, has compiled the writings in 4 sections: method, production and Nature's Historicity, faith and Anthropology, and that means and Metaphysics. integrated during this quantity are: Translations of Pannenberg's principled argument for the consonance among technological know-how and faith, together with contingency and legislation of nature, box theories and space-time, and divine motion Translations of Pannenberg's thought of theology as a rational hypothetical technological know-how, together with his discussions with prime British and American students akin to A. N. Whitehead, John Cobb, and Langdon Gilkey formerly unpublished articles at the difficulties among technological know-how and theology during smooth background, explaining why probability should be extra very important for theology than layout Translations of seminal articles that articulate Pannenberg's figuring out of the position of faith in human nature one of many few theological articles on aggression as a mental and social phenomenon With this assortment, the essays of this crucial modern theologian and his illuminating perspectives are offered in a single handy quantity.
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But this much should be clear: Such a theology does not presume any specifically Christian faith convictions as its “foundational context” (as termed by Gerhard Sauter), no matter how much the “context of discovery,” which motivates individual theologians in constructing their hypotheses, may be shaped by Christian tradition. The example of Karl Barth has shown that confusing the context of discovery and the foundational context destroys the 20 Is There Any Truth in God-Talk? propositional meaning of theological statements.
That theology as a whole must ultimately be replaced by physics is something that has repeatedly been asserted by an American physicist, Frank Tipler. 4 He bases these propositions in a mathematical theory of physical cosmology. For laypersons, certainly, the multiplicity and variety of models in scientific cosmology in the last several decades are impressive. It appears to be a highly speculative discipline. But what should be theology’s attitude to the possibility of such forms of argumentation?
This occurs when we understand its statements as hypotheses to be tested in an appropriate way and that their truth cannot be presumed in advance. By means of such a modest selfassessment, theology would acquire not only legitimacy in terms of philosophy of science but would open up and expand its own thematic field, without losing anything of its subject. Such a self-critical assessment of its approach is appropriate both to the pluralism of modern society and its public educational institutions and to the demands of a fair dialogue with other religions.
Historicity of Nature: Essays on Science and Theology by Wolfhart Pannenberg