For those interested in studying modern theology, Mapping Modern Theology: A Thematic and Historical Introduction, ed. Kelly M. Kapic and Bruce L. McCormack (Baker Academic, 2012) seems like a nice complement to a book like Grenz and Olson’s 20th-Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age (IVP, 1993). Whereas Grenz and Olson organize their work according to the theology of various theologians, Kapic and McCormack have commissioned essays taking a thematic and historical approach.

This text offers a fresh approach to modern theology by approaching the field thematically, covering classic topics in Christian theology over the last two hundred years. The editors, leading authorities on the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century theology, have assembled a respected team of international scholars to offer substantive treatment of important doctrines and key debates in modern theology. The volume enables undergraduate and graduate students in modern theology, twentieth-century theology, and contemporary theology courses to trace how key doctrinal questions were discussed, where the main debates lie, and how ideas developed.

Here are the essays with contributors:

1. Introduction: On “Modernity” as a Theological Concept    Bruce L. McCormack
2. The Trinity    Fred Sanders
3. Divine Attributes    Stephen R. Holmes
4. Scripture and Hermeneutics    Daniel J. Treier
5. Creation    Katherine Sonderegger
6. Anthropology    Kelly M. Kapic
7. The Person of Christ    Bruce L. McCormack
8. Atonement    Kevin J. Vanhoozer
9. Providence    John Webster
10. Pneumatology    Telford Work
11. Soteriology    Richard Lints
12. Christian Ethics    Brian Brock
13. Practical Theology    Richard R. Osmer
14. Ecclesiology    Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
15. Eschatology    Michael Horton

Some words via video from Kelly Kapic about the project:

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2 thoughts on “Mapping Modern Theology”

  1. Kelly Kapic’s course on Modern Theology was the best class that I took as an undergraduate philosophy student at Covenant College. His scholarship is marked by historical and theological erudition, ethical integrity, and relational warmth. The poor guy has a cold in these clips but the book is solid gold. If you care about Modern Theology you need to read this book.

  2. Bruce Russell says:

    …I envy people with this much time on their hands. Of course I’d use it doing something else. ;)

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