The Christian faith is often charged with being outmoded and anachronistic. A monolithic institution rooted in the past, many critics have claimed that it lacks the resources to adapt to modern society's needs and advances. In "Rethinking Christianity", Keith Ward argues persuasively that this view is not only uncharitable, but refuted by historical evidence. Mapping the evolution of six major beliefs, from the Hellenistic restatement to the challenged of evolutionary theory, Ward demonstrates that Christianity has always been expressed in constantly changing ways in response to new knowledge and understandings of the world. Controversial, liberal, and confronting the principal questions facing Christianity today, Ward uses this basis to support the construction of his own ground-breaking theology: a 'systematic theology' for the post-scientific age.
Keith Ward is a Fellow of the British Academy, and Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London. He was formerly Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, and is one of Britain's foremost writers on comparative theology and Christian issues.
"An elegantly written, carefully reasoned argument in support of the Christian faith. Re-thinking Christianity succeeds in giving thoughtful, philosophically aware Christianity a voice."
– Church Times
"Ward has a gift, as this book amply demonstrates, of taking huge swath of Christian religious history and theology, and condensing them into a single small tapestry that is both focused and provocative."
"the outstanding quality of this book is not its style but its intellectual honesty."