Faith, Religion and Theology: A Contemporary Introduction
Brennan R. Hill
2 Rev ed
This updated, revised and expanded edition offers students and adults an overarching perspective on faith, religion and theology. The authors have drawn on scholarly material, while avoiding overly technical language and jargon. In addition, real-life stories and the voices of students struggling with a wide range of religious issues help to balance theoretical and practical concerns. The "Faith" section focuses on the nature of human faith. It includes a general delineation of human development theories and the growth of faith, and concludes with a cogent analysis of the link between faith and social justice. The "Religion" section examines the personal and social value of religion, the nature of religion and the connection between religious belief and behaviour, and the diversity of religions, and what religious pluralism means for the Christian today. It also offers an overview of major world religions and what each can contribute to the growing need for global responsibility. The "Theology" section begins by examining theology and its relationship to faith. It includes an analysis of different ways of reading scripture and tradition, the influence of gender, race and class on theological reflection, and a theological analysis of sin, evil and violence.