New Theology and Religious Studies: Shaping, Teaching and Funding a Field (Ford)

There is an emergent paradigm in which theology, which seeks to answer questions of meaning, truth, goodness and beauty that
arise within and between specific religious traditions, is taught and researched in an interactive, collegial relationship with religious studies, which seeks to answer questions about specific religious traditions through a range of disciplines, but not normally with a view to producing constructive or normative religious positions. The institutional integration of the two has so far in the twenty-first century lacked clear articulation and advocacy. (A version of this paper was published as Chapter 8 in David F. Ford, The Future of Christian Theology, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford 2011).

Knowledge, Meaning and the World’s Great Challenges: Reinventing Cambridge University in the Twenty-first Century (Ford, 2003)

Our long term history therefore should encourage us to be sensitive to transformations in knowledge and in society and to be willing to respond to them by further reinvention. What about our present situation? I see a strong case for fresh reinvention. The core factors are intrinsic to the dynamism of knowledge and its use, and especially its relation to the people who discover it, teach it, learn it, interpret it, and apply it. I would suggest that this university, along with others, is being asked to meet four interconnected challenges simultaneously.

Christianity and the Soul of the University (Hays, 2004)

Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community? took place March 25-27, 2004 at Baylor University and was sponsored by Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning and the Council of Christian Scholarly Societies.

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