Theology for Liberal Protestants: God the Redeemer
I will be working to complete the second volume of my systematic theology entitled Theology for Liberal Protestants: God the Redeemer. This volume will treat sin, Christology, regeneration, the church, the end, and God the Redeemer. The first volume, Theology for Liberal Protestants: God the Creator was published by Eerdmans Press in in 2013, and includes chapters on method, world as creation, humans as creatures, and God as Creator / Provider. The project as a whole tries to be especially sensitive to ways in which Christian piety and believing are impacted by and interpret contemporary knowledge and experience. Hence, this year, I will be especially concerned to ask how, by influencing / changing our pictures of human life and its place in the cosmos, astrobiology may impact and be interpreted by theological frameworks, e.g., creation, humans as creatures, redemption, and eschatology. I will also be asking how astrobiology may impact and be interpreted by the humanities as they reflect upon the human self-understandings articulated by cultural traditions, institutions, practices, and literature.
Douglas Ottati is the Craig Family Distinguished Professor of Reformed Theology and Justice at Davidson College. For many years, he taught theology and ethics at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. He is a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics, a co-editor of The Library of Theological Ethics, and the author of six books, the latest of which is the first volume of a systematic entitled Theology for Liberal Protestants: God the Creator (Eerdmans, 2013).