Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 23 September 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter, which considers debates surrounding the status of theology as science or , suggests that a closer look at some of the most formative debates indicates an overlap of two very different problems. The first is the justification of modern theology as a critical discourse whose parameters are not automatically set by Church doctrine or tradition. The second is the need to classify theology within an overall system of knowledge institutionalized in the university. While the former originated in seventeenth-century England and Holland, the latter is an inheritance from the high Middle Ages. Both inform nineteenth- and twentieth-century debates about theology as , but whereas the more spectacular issues and controversies are products of modern criticism, the underlying questions are often better explained by reference to its institutional context. It is argued that, for theology, being and being recognized as is neither indispensable nor inherently dangerous. It has been, and for many still is, one way of situating the rational reflection of the Christian faith within the horizon of contemporary conceptions of knowledge, its acquisition, justification, and presentation, and to defend its legitimacy against this background.

Keywords: theology, science, university, modern criticism, Christian faith

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.