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The Life of Christian Doctrine


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Part I Locating Doctrine 1. What is Doctrine? 2. The Story of Doctrine in the Church of England 3. Locating Doctrine in the Church of England Part II. The Nature of Doctrine 4. The Emergence of Doctrine 5. Doctrine and Intellectualism 6. Doctrine and Belief 7. Doctrine and Scripture 8. Doctrine and Disagreement 9. Doctrine and Change 10. Coda: Serving the Church Bibliography Index

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An exploration of the nature of doctrine, and of the role of doctrinal deliberation in the life of the church.

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Mike Higton is Professor of Theology and Ministry at Durham University, UK.


This work will undoubtedly shape discussions about the nature and purpose of doctrinal theology for years to come. * Studies in Christian Ethics *
The strength of the book is in its willingness to consider the irregular and inarticulate aspects of Christian life as enmeshed with doctrinal theology ... [T]he book sets a new standard for wrestling with the nature of doctrinal theology and comes highly recommended. * International Journal of Systematic Theology *
This is the most inspiring and convincing account of Christian doctrine that I know. It is profoundly scriptural, historically perceptive, sensitive to a wide variety of voices, does justice to ordinary believing and living, finds wisdom in disagreement and has some very pointed yet constructive messages for the Church of England. Above all, it challenges and encourages Christians to deepen their lives as followers of Jesus Christ, open to the inspiration and surprises of the Holy Spirit. * David F. Ford, University of Cambridge, UK *
In this highly original, beautifully written and deeply personal book, Mike Higton describes the ways in which the Church of England does theology from many different angles. Combining wit and humour with scholarship and passion, he shows that theology is no mere academic pastime but a crucial ministry of the church. This book will cheer all those who struggle to teach and learn theology in today's church. * Mark D. Chapman, University of Oxford, UK *
This admirable book not only models a fresh approach to doctrinal theology but gives it sensitive theoretical articulation. It is unflinchingly attentive to the unwieldy contours of day-to-day church life, finding doctrine's place squarely within and not above that life. Higton takes no shortcuts, especially in the face of the church's sin, displaying the willingness to be interrupted and challenged about which he so eloquently writes. * Susannah Ticciati, King's College London, UK *
This compelling account of the distinctive contribution of doctrinal theology to Christian communities and institutions is theologically deep, rigorously argued, attentive to the complexities of history and grounded in the realities of church life. Eschewing false nostalgia and grandiose schemes for what theology could or should be, Higton enables his readers to think through what theology is. This book is essential reading for anyone who cares about how and why Christian theology is done. * Rachel Muers, University of Leeds, UK *
From time to time, a book appears that has the potential to be transformative. This is that book. Mike Higton's project is both a model of contextual theology and a fascinating exercise in doctrinal theology. Every page sparkles with originality, insight and wisdom. Written in a prose that is elegant, Higton's book will be a field-defining text for decades to come. * Ian S. Markham, Virginia Theological Seminary, USA *

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