Jeremy Punt


The essay provides five different responses to the question about the present state
and future of systematic theology. Firstly, it refers to the widespread Trinitarian
renaissance in theological circles. Secondly, systematic theology often responds to
so-called contemporary challenges, which today, in different parts of the world, are
often described in terms of the complex tensions between individual and collectivity,
between authority and reason, and between past, present and future. Thirdly,
systematic theology often reacts to the so-called spirit of the times, which again can
be popularly depicted in terms of secularisms or spiritualities, postmodernisms or
fundamentalisms, globalizations or ecological crises. Fourthly, systematic theology
takes place in the form of several discussions, including an increasingly worldwide
discussion; the discussion with different theological disciplines; the broader conversation
within the academy; the discussions within public life; the conversation in
and with the church; the many ecumenical conversations; and the ongoing conversation
within the discipline itself. Finally, it is directed “towards God” – serving
worship, spirituality, formation, pastorate, and ethics.


Human Dignity, Aqedah, Sacrifice, Violence, Power, Gender

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/100-0-652


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