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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Early Modern Theology

Though the vast majority of chapters in this recent collection treat Western themes, there are at least two chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800 (Oxford UP, 2016), 688pp. explicitly treating Eastern Christian themes.

Edited by Ulrich L. Lehner, Richard A. Muller, and A.G. Roeber, this hefty collection was just officially released at the beginning of this month. About it the publisher tells us the following:

The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800 will offer a comprehensive and reliable introduction to Christian theological literature originating in Western Europe from, roughly, the end of the French Wars of Religion (1598) to the Congress of Vienna (1815).
Using a variety of approaches, the contributors examine theology spanning from Bossuet to Jonathan Edwards. They review the major forms of early modern theology, such as Cartesian scholasticism, Enlightenment, and early Romanticism; sketch the teachings of major theological concepts, along with important historical developments; introduce the principal practitioners of each kind of theology and delineate their particular theological contributions and stresses; and depict the engagement by early modern theologians with other religions or churches, such Judaism, Islam, and the eastern Church. 
Combining contributions from top scholars in the field, this will be an invaluable resource for understanding a complex and varied body of research.
We are also given the table of contents:

Introduction - Ulrich L. Lehner

Part I: Theology-Context and Form
1) Theological Developments in the Non-European World 1500-1800 - R. Po-chia Hsia
2) Sources, Methods, and Forms of Early Modern Theology - Ulrich G. Leinsle
3) Theology and the Development of the European Confessional State - Paul Shore

Part II: Theological Topics
4) Mysticism and Reform in Catholic Theology between 1600 and 1800 - Ulrich L. Lehner and William P. O'Brien, SJ
5) The History of Catholic Exegesis, 1600-1800 - Marius Reiser
6) Providence, Predestination, and Grace in Early Modern Catholic Theology - Thomas Marschler
7) Baroque Catholic Theologies of Christ and Mary - Trent Pomplun
8) Catholic Moral Theology, 1550-1800 - Jean-Louis Quantin
9) Catholic Sacramental Theology in the Baroque Age - Trent Pomplun
10) Ecclesiology/Church-State Relationship in Early Modern Catholicism - Stefania Tutino

Reformed Theologies
11) Reformed Theology between 1600 and 1800 - Richard Muller
12) Scripture and Exegesis in Early Modern Reformed Theology - Carl Trueman
13) God, Creation, and Providence in Post-Reformation Reformed Theology - Andreas J. Beck
14) Christ, Predestination, and Covenant in Post-Reformation Reformed Theology - Willem J. van Asselt
15) Sin, Grace and Free Choice in Post-Reformation Reformed Theology - Stephen Hampton
16) Church and Church/State Relations in the Post-Reformation Reformed Tradition - Ian Hazlett
17) Early Modern Reformed Eschatology - Crawford Gribben

Lutheran Theologies
18) Early Modern Lutheranism - A.G. Roeber
19) Scripture and Exegesis in Early Modern Lutheranism - Benjamin T. G. Mayes
20) God, Creation, and Providence in Early Modern Lutheranism - Robert Kolb
21) Forensic Justification and Mysticism in Early Modern Lutheranism - Risto Saarinen
22) Early Modern Lutheran Ecclesiology - Ola Tjørhom
23) Sacraments in Lutheranism, 1600-1800 - John R. Stephenson

Other Christian Theologies and Awakening Movements
24) Early Modern Socinianism and Unitarianism - Sarah Mortimer
25) Early Modern Anabaptist Theologies - Jeff Bach
26) Arminian, Remonstrant, and Early Methodist Theologies - Keith D. Stanglin
27) Early Modern Pietism - Jonathan Strom and Hartmut Lehmann
28) Early Modern Jansenism - Ephraim Radner
29) Early Modern Moravianism - Craig Atwood

Part III: Theology and the Others

Western Christian Theologies and Other Religions or Churches
30) Western Theologies and Judaism in the Early Modern World - Stephen G. Burnett
31) Western Theologies and Islam in the Early Modern World - Emanuele Colombo
32) The Churches of the East and the Enlightenment - Dimitrios Moschos
33) Orthodox Influences on Early Modern Western Theologies - A.G. Roeber

Westerm Christian Theologies and Philosophies
34) Descartes, Cartesianism, and Early Modern Theology - Aza Goudriaan
35) Leibniz, Wolff, and Early Modern Theology - Ursula Goldenbaum
36) The Challenges of Empirical Understanding in Early Modern Theology - Stephen Gaukroger
37) Spinoza and Early Modern Theology - Jonathan I. Israel
38) The Anti-Theological Theology of Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Carolina Armenteros
39) Kant's Philosophical and Theological Commitments - Peter Yong and Eric Watkins
40) Early Modern Theology and Science - John Henry
41) The Rise of Natural Law in the Early Modern Period - Robert von Friedeburg
42) Eighteenth-Century Neology - Eric Carlsson

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