By Hug Rayment-Pickard
In fifty magnificent brief essays one of many UK's liveliest younger writers on faith introduces the foremost subject matters, pursuits and thinkers in theology. George Pattison, Professor of Divinity on the college of Oxford says: 'Hugh Rayment-Pickard is likely one of the clearest thinkers at the British theological scene, and 50 Key thoughts in Theology opens the door to theology for college kids and normal readers alike. He has provided a legitimate advisor for the confused and a stimulus to argument among the interested.'
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This ‘given’ state is, Marion argues, not simple but a complex mixture of both presence and absence. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881–1955) argued that the Genesis story is a metaphor for God’s creative action, rather than a literal account. He saw creation as a process unfolding towards an ‘Omega Point’, when the universe would have reached its final state. IDEAS Creation ordinances: the term used to refer to basic regulations which (according to the book of Genesis) were set down by God at the time of creation, such as keeping the Sabbath and the institution of marriage.
In the case of Christianity, the ‘classic’ is the story of Jesus. When we look at the debates and controversies that have made up, and continue to make up, the history of doctrine, Tracy’s view has a ring of truth about it. Christian doctrines aren’t handed down from the heavens but are the result of conversations and arguments about what constitutes the true faith. THINKERS Hans Frei (1922–88 ) inspired the New Yale School of theology by thinking of doctrine in narrative terms (Theology and Narrative, 1993).
This makes all discussion of doctrine a win–lose contest where only one party can be right, since it follows from the ‘rightness’ of one party that the other must necessarily be wrong. There is no possibility of more than one correct view of the truth, and once fixed, the doctrine must be defended for all time. This is why the Roman Catholic Church waited until 1992 to change the doctrinal position that it had taken in 1633 on Galileo’s astronomical theories. In practice, of course, doctrines have changed over time, with new doctrines being added to the body of teaching, and with others being amended (see ‘Atonement’).
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