By Derek R. Nelson, Joshua M. Moritz, Ted Peters

Theologians of their personal phrases is a quantity of 24 short, straight-forward autobiographical statements from a few of the most vital theologians and students of faith of contemporary decades.

Each contributor units out to debate the improvement in their imperative insights and convictions in mild in their lifestyles stories.

The quantity comprises either formerly released decisions from conversation: A magazine of Theology, in addition to items particularly commissioned for this volume.

Included within the popular and various checklist of individuals: Marilyn McCord Adams, Harvey Cox, Gerhard Forde, George Forell, Roger Haight, Philip Hefner, Robert Jenson, Ernst Kasemann, Martin Marty, Alister McGrath, Nancey Murphy, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Marion Pauck, Ted Peters, Clark Pinnock, John Polkinghorne, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Letty Russell, H. Paul Santmire, Hans Schwarz, Huston Smith, Paul Sponheim, Kathryn Tanner, Ronald Thiemann, and N.T. Wright

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And the same was true of the heterosexual couples I knew. I saw how anti-LGBT taboos produced a lot of confusion among people who were trying hard to find ways to give and receive love. I saw sacrificial love and faithfulness persevering to the end. I saw God-with-us at work in the midst of horrendous suffering. My conclusion was that taboos are cruel and that the Church should have nothing to do with them. Taboos are social barriers erected out of fear that society will come unraveled. But fear is not what glues the Church together.

In 1999 a festschrift was published in Russell’s honor, titled Liberating Eschatology. H. Paul Santmire is a Lutheran pastor and author of many books on theology and the natural world. His The Travail of Nature is regarded as a classic in the theological interpretation of the material environment. Hans Schwarz is professor of theology emeritus at the University of Regensburg. The author of many books in systematic theology, Schwarz has lectured widely all across the world, particularly in Asia.

Before studying history, one should study the historian. When a theologian is forced to piece together differing contexts, to note how particular theological content relates to a given context, and to give a narrative arc to theological development over time, the reader can eavesdrop as autobio-graphy takes on the form of theo-graphy. Objections to Autobiography Some have loudly objected to the practice of reflecting theologically by means of reflection on oneself and one’s life. James Wm. [5] He admits that there may be a place for theological autobiography as a starting point for others to then correct its excesses and tendentious biases.

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