The theological discipline to which this Handbook is devoted is variously identified as Christian doctrine, dogmatics, or systematic theology. It is characterized by a measure of internal contestation. The contests are generally of two kinds: material, that is, contests about the content of Christian claims to reality, which are the matter upon which systematic theology goes to work; and formal, that is, contests about the task, modes, and structure of systematic theology. This article deals with the formal elements of the discipline. The discussion here provides a skeletal account of the genesis and development of the discipline and helps place in context contemporary contests about its nature and tasks.
|Title of host publication||The Oxford Handbook to Systematic Theology|
|Editors||J. Webster, K. Tanner, I. Torrance|
|Place of Publication||Oxford University Press/Oxford|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2007|