This title was first published in 2002: Two hundred years after the publication of Schleiermacher's epoch-making Speeches, The Future of Liberal Theology presents a comprehensive and critical re-assessment of the past, present and future of the liberal tradition in Christian theology. In dialogue with the different forms of liberalism emerging from the Enlightenment, each of which is carefully defined, distinguished international theologians draw on a range of perspectives which represent the diversity of liberal theology. Discussing the criticisms of liberalism offered in the twentieth century, and engaging with contemporary theological debate which is often deeply hostile to liberalism, the conclusions offered for liberal theology range from the deeply pessimistic to the thoroughly optimistic. Students, clergy, and theological educators more broadly will value this critical reflection on the current state of theology and suggestions for its future course, together with the serious engagement with issues in theological education, which this book presents.

part One|95 pages

Types of Liberal Theology

chapter 1|15 pages


The Past, Present and Future of Liberal Theology
ByMark D. Chapman

chapter 2|21 pages

What has London (or Oxford or Cambridge) to do with Augsburg?

The Enduring Significance of the German Liberal Tradition in Christian Theology
ByFriedrich Wilhelm Graf

chapter 3|15 pages

The Importance of Liberal Theology

ByKeith Ward

chapter 4|23 pages

'But who am I?'

The Question of the Theologian rather than the Question to the Theologian
ByDavid A. Pailin

chapter 5|11 pages

The Revival of Liberal Modernism

ByPaul Badham

chapter 6|8 pages

Reconsidering Pluralism: The Diversity of Ethical Goals

BySteve Else

part Two|63 pages

Liberal Theology and Education

chapter 7|30 pages

Liberal Theology and Transformative Pedagogy

ByPeter C. Hodgson

chapter 8|10 pages

Liberal Theology and Transformative Pedagogy

A Response to Peter Hodgson
ByElaine Graham

chapter 9|21 pages

The Experience of Theological Education

Maintaining a 'Liberal' Agenda in a Post-Liberal Age
ByClive Marsh

part Three|58 pages

Addressing the Critics

chapter 10|7 pages

Karl Barth and Liberal Theology

ByTimothy Gorringe

chapter 11|21 pages

Shape-shifting Disturbances as Divine Presence

ByRita Nakashima Brock

chapter 12|17 pages

Postmodern Theology

The Apotheosis or Scourge of Liberalism?
ByGavin Hyman

chapter 13|11 pages

A Liberal Helping of Postliberalism Please

ByPaul D. Murray

part |23 pages

Conclusion An Outsider's View

chapter 14|21 pages

The Problems of a Liberal Religion

A Sociologist's View
BySteve Bruce