Mike Higton
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Christopher Cook
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Karen Kilby
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Gerard Loughlin
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Walter Moberly
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Robert James Song
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Understanding and Christian Doctrine


Principal Investigator

Mike Higton
Chair of Theology and Ministry
Durham University


Team Members

Christopher Cook
Professor of Theology and Religion
Durham University

Gerard Loughlin
Professor of Theology and Religion
Durham University

Karen Kilby
Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Nottingham

Walter Moberly
Professor of Theology and Biblical Interpretation
Durham University

Robert James Song
Professor of Theological Ethics
Durham University

 

This project will develop a rich and compelling account of understanding, in the light of Christian doctrine. Two influential strands of contemporary theology focus on the ways in which Christian doctrines guide Christian religious practice, and on the ways in which Christian religious practice shapes Christians’ ways of looking at and thinking about God and God’s world. In one strand, the emphasis falls on the way in which doctrine guides Christian spiritual or contemplative practices; in the other, the emphasis falls on the way in which doctrine guides the whole weave of everyday practice in Christian communities. The investigators will draw on both these strands, clarifying them, combining them, and drawing out their implications for our understanding of understanding. What emerges will be a distinctively Christian identification of the ‘something more’ that distinguishes understanding from simple knowledge.