On writing interdisciplinary theology

Ghiloni, Aaron J. (2013) On writing interdisciplinary theology. Practical Theology, 6 1: 9-33.

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Author Ghiloni, Aaron J.
Title On writing interdisciplinary theology
Journal name Practical Theology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1756-073X
Publication date 2013-04-25
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 6
Issue 1
Start page 9
End page 33
Total pages 25
Place of publication Durham, United Kingdom
Publisher Acumen Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Theologians face increasing pressure to do interdisciplinary work in their teaching and writing. While interdisciplinary theology yields useful and interesting results, many teacher-scholars, trained in one sub-field, find themselves lost and disjointed between methodologies, disciplines and even friendship groups. The ambiguities of interdisciplinary writing are aptly expressed by Karl Rahner: “A new literary genre is developing, because it simply has to develop. This genre is neither theological nor philosophical scholarship; nor is it literature; nor is it the popularisation of theology and philosophy as scholarly studies; it is – yes, what is it?” An answer to Rahner’s open-ended question can begin to be formed through an exploration of four discourses: interdisciplinary inquiry, democratic pragmatism, practical theology and aesthetic education. Each discourse suggests changes to the way academics write. Responding to the question “What does it mean to write interdisciplinary theology?” this essay suggests that interdisciplinary theology can be understood as an act of renunciation in which teacher-scholars see their boundary-crossing work as mission.
Keyword Theology
Interdisciplinary inquiry
Democratic pragmatism
Practical theology
Aesthetic education
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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