Explores the relationship between theology and the modern university.
This book explores the relationship between theology and the modern university. Most of the essays were written specifically for this volume, and all of them are published here for the first time.
David Ray Griffin, Gordon Kaufman, Hans Küng, Schubert Ogden, and Wolfhart Pannenberg address the question of whether theology belongs in the university at all. Essays by Joseph Hough, Catherine Keller, and Marjorie Suchoki argue that theology has a vital role in helping the university recover its central mission, that of educating for the sake of the common good.
Thomas Altizer, William Beardslee, and Jack Verheyden provide historical analyses of the interactions between theology and the university, with Altizer focusing on the modern divorce between faith and reason, Beardslee on the relevance of the renewed emphasis upon rhetoric, and Verheyden on the ideal of knowledge. As a whole Theology and the University presents an impressive case against the position that theology is inappropriate in the university. It argues not only that theology has a rightful place in the university, but also that the university needs theology, just as theology needs the university.
David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the School of Theology at Claremont and Claremont Graduate School, Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies, and founding president of the Center for a Postmodern World. He is the author of God and Religion in the Postmodern World; Varieties of Postmodern Theology (with William A. Beardslee and Joe Holland); and Primordial Truth and Postmodern Theology (with Huston Smith); and the editor of Sacred Interconnections: Postmodern Spirituality, Political Economy, and Art; Physics and the Ultimate Significance of Time; The Reenchantment of Science; and Spirituality and Society, all published by SUNY Press. Joseph C. Hough, Jr. is Dean of the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Black Power and White Protestants; Christian Identity and Theological Education (with John B. Cobb, Jr. ); and is the editor of Beyond Clericalism: The Congregation as a Focus for Theological Education (with Barbara Wheeler).