2. Five Types of Theologies

  1. John R. Shook

Published Online: 6 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328042.ch2

The God Debates

The God Debates

How to Cite

Shook, J. R. (2010) Five Types of Theologies, in The God Debates, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328042.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 27 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444336412

Online ISBN: 9781444328042



  • five types of theologies - five major types of Christian theology, in god debates;
  • categorizing theologies - medieval theology, Platonic notions of perfect knowledge, Aristotelian conceptions of substance and essence;
  • modern science and philosophy - dramatically changing targets of theology;
  • successive revolutions of biblical hermeneutics - interpreting scripture;
  • cognitive sciences, why human brains and minds bend - towards religious experiences;
  • theologies, special mode of knowledge for the faithful - or Theology In The Know;
  • Christianity, and sacred scriptures - activities of divine beings, interactions with humanity;
  • Theology Beyond The World - modern naturalism vs. supernaturalism debate, metaphysical dualisms entrenched;
  • Theology From The World, on the hope - that natural mysteries remain mysteries to science;
  • Theology Beyond The World - supernatural hypotheses, explaining things within the universe


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Categorizing Theologies

  • Theology From The Scripture

  • Theology From The World

  • Theology Beyond The World

  • Theology In The Know

  • Theology Into The Myst