In The Theology of Colin E. Gunton, a number of contemporary theologians from across the world critically engage with the work of this influential British theologian. Gunton’s handling of the gospel of Jesus Christ is celebrated, key doctrines critically examined, and his contribution to the ongoing theological task carefully evaluated. Contributors address key issues at the centre of Gunton’s understanding of the Christian gospel, thereby enabling readers to appreciate how Gunton’s fundamental analysis of the relation between God, creation and Jesus Christ impacts the church’s ongoing task of faithful theological enquiry.
In this volume of essays, contributors explore Gunton’s constructive thinking on a range of doctrinal topics, as well as critically analyze Gunton’s theological method and use of the Christian tradition. As such, this collection of essays provides the Christian theological community with its first wide-ranging and carefully argued examination into the influential work of Colin E. Gunton. [The chapters by Robert Jenson, Steve Holmes and John Colwell were originally given at the 2007 day conference on Gunton]
Table of Contents
DOUGLAS FARROW, 'Foreword'
LINCOLN HARVEY, ‘Introduction’
ROBERT W. JENSON, 'A Decision Tree of Colin Gunton's Thinking'
JOHN WEBSTER, 'Gunton and Barth'
STEVE HOLMES, 'Towards the Analogia personae et relationis: Developments in Gunton’s Theology of the Trinity'
ALAN SPENCE, 'The Person as Willing Agent: Classifying Gunton's Christology'
PAUL CUMIN, 'The Taste of Cake: Relation and otherness with Colin Gunton and the strong second hand of God'
LINCOLN HARVEY, 'The Double Homoousion: Forming the Content of Gunton's Theology'
JOHN E. COLWELL, 'Provisionality and Promise: Avoiding Ecclesiastical Nestorianism?'
PARASKEVÈ (EVE) TIBBS, 'Created for Action: Colin Gunton’s Relational Anthropology’
JUSTYN TERRY, 'Colin Gunton's Doctrine of Atonement: Transcending Rationalism by Metaphor'
TERRY J. WRIGHT, 'Colin Gunton on Providence: Critical Commentaries'
BRAD GREEN, 'Colin Gunton and the Theological Origin of Modernity'
CHRISTOPH SCHWOEBEL, 'The Shape of Colin Gunton's Theology. On the Way towards a Fully Trinitarian Theology'
The other book is Spirit and Sonship: Colin Gunton's Theology of Particularity and the Holy Spirit by David Hohne (Ashgate, January 2010)
This book weaves together an interpretation of Christian Scripture with a conversation between Colin Gunton and Dietrich Bonhoeffer concerning the role the Holy Spirit plays in shaping the person and work of Christ. The result is a theological description of human personhood grounded in a sustained engagement with, and critique of, Gunton's theological description of particularity - a topic central to all his thinking.
In the course of the conversation with Bonhoeffer the book also offers one of few broad assessments of his work as a systematic theologian. In bringing together the work of two important modern theologians, this book explores both the possibilities of theology generated from Christian Scripture and the central importance of the doctrines of Christ and the Trinity in understanding what it means to declare someone or something unique. [This is a version of Hohne's PhD Cambridge thesis surpervised by David Ford]
Establishing an exegetical description
Establishing a theological alternative
The spirit enables sonship
The spirit opens sonship
The spirit preserves sonship