Generosity and the Christian Future
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Generosity and the Christian Future



Based on the 1995 Henson Lectures, delivered in the University of Oxford, this study takes as its theme the Christian future, and the development of a theology of generosity in response to the challenges likely to face Christian faith in the twenty-first century. In particular, Professor Newlands wishes to explore the suggestion that Christ represents the ultimate generosity of God for humankind. This leads him to concentrate on the contribution made by Christian doctrine to public issues, and especially the relationship between Christology and human rights. The author is centrally concerned that faith should remain in the public square, and that the circle of faith should always be outward facing. The result is a liberal, pluralistic theology, which regards the generous love of God, in incarnation and reconciliation, as a powerful stimulus to imaginative Christian thought and action. In its robust portrayal of what Christianity ought properly to look like, this book--which emerges from the pen of the leading Scottish liberal theologian of his generation--will be sure to stimulate and engage a wide variety of readers.



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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 Generosity and the Christian Future By Newlands, George M. Copyright©1997 by Newlands, George M. ISBN 13: 978-1-55635-918-7 Publication date 4/9/2008 Previously published by SPCK, 1997
Traces of Liberality
Series Foreword
he ile of is series,Traces of Liberaliy, aemps o indicae e rajecory of a eological pilgrimage. he series brings ogeer un-der one rubric a series of books, produced over a long period, wic ave soug o undersand in differen dimensions a Crisian undersanding of God as uncondiional love, and o spell ou e consequences for Crisian acion in sociey of a cenral convic-ion. he concern is for bo God and for umaniy, forhe God of Love and Human Digniy,as e Fesscrit produced by kind friends expresses i. I is inended o republis again my books as a conneced enerprise under is ile as and wen is becomes pos-sible, in e ope a readers may be encouraged o ake up some of ese emes for emselves and ake em furer. If anying of is ever occurs, e projec will ave been eminenly worwile. InExegesis and Meod in Hilary of Poiiers(1978) I examined e developmen of e commenary form in e Early Curc, (a surprising lacuna in Parisic sudy) and is implicaions for e radiion of Biblical inerpreaion. his led o a reconsideraion of e basis of Crisian sysemaic eology as e uncondiional love of God in Jesus Cris, wic appeared as a monograp eniled heology of e Love of God(1980). Here conceps of e love of God
Series Foreword become e leimoif for reappraisal of e relaionsip beween creaion and redempion. Some wider implicaions were developed in relaion o ecclesi-ology and o Crisian eics in wo sorer sudies in a less ecni-cal syle,he Curc of God(1984) andMakingCrisian Decisions (1985). Again e conrolling eme of e love of God is e basis of a re-imagining of radiional dogmaic emes and eir praci-cal oupus in eical decision making. he enerprise of reinking sysemaic eology as a consrucive ermeneuical envelope was developed on a larger scale inGod in Crisian Perspecive(1994), he basic rus ere is e insisence a e Crisian undersand-ing of God is a muli-faceed model wic draws on Crisology and Triniy, fai and pracice in communiy. he vision is widened roug engagemen wi e emancipaory eologies, posmoder-niy, and poliical eory, wile reinking e underlying framework of e divine love, inGenerosiy and e Crisian Fuure(1997), e Henson Lecures, 1995. A is poin I was concerned o make explici a conscious siu-aion of my work wi e Scois liberal-evangelical eological radiion, and was graned firs access o e uncaalogued leers and papers of Jon Baillie. he resul was a eological biograpy of e Baillie broers, racing e ineracion of eir eology wiin e culure in wic ey worked, and reassessing eir key role in e developmen of modern Scois eology (Jon and Donald Baillie,Transalanic heology, 2002). Pursuing furer is rajecory I came o undersand an evangelical open eology as a conribuion o uman flourising in a Crisomorpic dialecical engagemen wi culure, local and cosmopolian. he fruis of is invesigaion appear inhe Transformaive Imaginaion—Reinking Inerculural heology(2004). his comparaive sudy of eology and culure, roug e ars, e sciences, poliical and uman rigs issues leads o a recon-cepion of e mysery of God in a posfoundaional frame. he u-man rigs secion of is monograp was en developed, especially
Series Foreword roug a rerieval of e isory of inerpreaion, rougCris and HumanRigs—he Transformaive Engagemen(2006). here exiss lile explici reamen of Crisology in relaion o rigs. Examinaion of rigs reveals ensions, ambiguiies and conflics, consrucing a Crisology wic cenres on a Cris of e vulner-able and e margins. he eme was developed in a more universal framework inHospiable God(2009) wi Allen Smi. A selecion of essays wi a full personal bibliograpy,Traces of Liberaliy(2005) ecoes e series ile. No included in e series are a version of e uman rigs sudy in succinc form inFai and Human Rigsco- (2008), auored wi Ricard Amesbury,Fity Key Crisian hinkers(2004) wi Peer McEnill,Believing inhe Tex(2004) wi David Jasper,Scois Crisianiy in e Modern World, Essays in onour ofA. C. Ceyne (wi S. J. Brown, 2000) and an edied group of essays by G. W. H. Lampe (1980).