The Craft of Innovative Theology: Argument and Process

edited by John Allan Knight & Ian S. Markham

The Craft of Innovative Theology: Argument and Process delivers a thorough examination of the method of producing and writing creative theological theses and projects, explaining to students how to write elegant, innovative research-oriented articles. Through a collection of papers written by distinguished scholars, the text exhibits numerous examples of well-executed creative writing on topics as varied as theodicy and evolution, and artificial intelligence and baptism.

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About the Book

Each article includes an introduction by the editor that serves to guide the student through the material and elucidates what makes the work stand out as exceptional. The articles are also annotated to assist with the appreciation of the methodology and style used by the author. The Craft of Innovative Theology assists theology students in improving their research writing to a point where they’ll be ready for a Masters’ thesis or PhD dissertation, and is an excellent resource for a research methods course in a graduate program.

The works incorporated by the editors include:

  • A thorough introduction to God and the Incarnation, including knowing God through religious pluralism
  • An exploration of God and church, including racial stigma and the southern Baptist public discourse in the twentieth century, and the appropriateness of baptizing artificial intelligence
  • A discussion of God and the world, including where humanity has come from and where we’re going, and the challenges posed by biological evolution to Christian theology
  • A treatment of God and ethics, including sin and the faces of responsibility

Perfect for students of postgraduate theology and research methods courses, The Craft of Innovative Theology: Argument and Process will also earn a place in the libraries of students in courses that prepare them to write a Masters’ thesis in theology or to begin shaping their PhD dissertation topic.

Publication Details 

Wiley Blackwell
(January 20, 2022)
304 pages
ISBN-13: ‎
978- 1119601555

About the Author

John Allan Knight is Director of Faculty Research and the Sprigg Visiting Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics at Virginia Theological Seminary. A graduate of Southern Nazarene University and George Washington University Law School, he received an M.Div. and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Knight is the author of Liberalism vs. Postliberalism: The Great Divide in Twentieth Century Theology (2012), and a number of articles in both scholarly and popular journals.

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Ian S. Markham is the Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and President of the General Theological Seminary, as well as a priest in the Episcopal Church. He has degrees from King’s College London, the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. from the University of Exeter. He is the author of numerous books, including Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris are Fundamentally Wrong (2010), The New Apologetics (2020), A Theology of Engagement (2003), Truth and the Reality of God (1998), and Plurality and Christian Ethics (1994).

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Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship seminary of the Episcopal Church. Founded in 1823, VTS faculty prepare leaders from around the world for both ordained and lay service in the Church. Our faculty are a diverse community of scholars who are committed to excellence in teaching and research. Through publications, public speaking, and travel, faculty engage with the wider Church and world, while shaping the next generation of leaders.

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