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Analytic Theology as Systematic Theology

Oliver D. Crisp
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, United States of America, and the University of St Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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Published Online: 2017-04-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2017-0012


It is often said that analytic theology is not really systematic theology; it is something else entirely. However, specifying what this “something else” amounts to has proven a little more difficult. In this article I argue that analytic theology may be a species of systematic theology. I show that there is no agreed view on the nature of systematic theology amongst several leading practitioners of systematic theology by comparing the work of John Webster, Brian Gerrish, and Gordon Kaufman. I then set out the Shared Task of Systematic Theology (Shared Task), which is a conceptual threshold for systematic theology that reflects the thought of Webster, Gerrish, and Kaufman. With this in mind, I argue that analytic theology can meet this threshold, and count as a version of systematic theology.

Keywords: Analytic theology; Shared Task; systematic theology


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About the article

Received: 2017-02-03

Accepted: 2017-03-14

Published Online: 2017-04-13

Published in Print: 2017-01-26

Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 156–166, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2017-0012.

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