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Acta Theologica

versión On-line ISSN 2309-9089

Acta theol. vol.28 no.2 Bloemfontein dic. 2008

 

God images, ethical effects and the responsibility of Systematic Theology

 

 

R. Venter

Prof R. Venter, Head: Department of Systematical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. e-mail: rianventer@mweb.co.za

 

 


ABSTRACT

This article registers an important shift that is occurring in contemporary theistic reflection: greater sensitivity to the function of God images, and the consequent ethical impacts. Three texts by Gunton, Johnson and McFague are discussed that exemplify this focus in an emphatic way. From this treatment the implications for Systematic Theology crystallise clearly. The rest of the article entails an exploration of the dynamics of the causal relationship between a specific God image and its corresponding effect. The ramifications for the task and responsibility of Systematic Theology are identified and in conclusion some normative guidelines are suggested.

Keywords: Systematic Theology, God images, Ethics, Colin E. Gunton, Elizabeth A. Johnson, Sallie McFague


Trefwoorde: Sistematiese Teologie, Godsbeelde, Etiek, Colin E. Gunton, Elizabeth A. Johnson, Sallie McFague


 

 

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