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The Architecture of Theology: Structure, System, and Ratio

A. N. Williams


This work proposes a new reading of Christian theology. Examining theological warrants, philosophical debates over the structures of arguments, and the role of beauty in intellectual structures, it suggests theology is inherently systematic, its systematicity reflecting its two subjects, ‘God and other things as they are related to God’ (Aquinas). The roles of the warrants (scripture, tradition, and reason) are re‐evaluated, showing their necessary interdependence. Debates in philosophical epistemology are also examined; these have conventionally contrasted foundationalism and coherentism. A c ... More

Keywords: theological warrants, systematic theology, epistemology, foundationalism, coherentism, rationality, relationality, theological aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199236367
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236367.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. N. Williams, author
University of Cambridge
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