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date: 11 December 2019

(p. xii) FOREWORD

(p. xii) FOREWORD

This handbook is intended as an overall account of the field of systematic theology as it is undertaken by contemporary practitioners. Though it is chiefly interested in current systematics, it is not a survey of modern theological trends; nor does it recommend a particular approach to systematic theology or a particular version of Christian doctrine. Its aim is to take stock of where the discipline lies. Each of the authors has been asked (1) to offer an analysis of the state of the question in their assigned topic; (2) to indicate important issues of contention, whether formal or material, and how they are variously resolved; (3) to make judgements about the ways in which inquiry into a particular topic might more fruitfully be pursued.

 The project has been a long time in the making; the editors record their gratitude to the contributors for giving time and energy to the work, and to the staff of the Press who have demonstrated heroic patience in the face of editorial tardiness. Special thanks are also due to Rob Price, who spent many hours preparing the text for publication.

John Webster

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