Appealing to humankind's search for personal meaning, West issues an invitation to "grapple with one's religious commitments" in light of recent insights in biblical studies and continental, feminist, and liberation theologies. He goes on to explore issues of power, human identity, values, sacraments, faith, and more. 296 pages, softcover from Fortress.
A new approach to introducing theology As God's self-communication to humans, Jesus is the key to the human search for meaning, argues Thomas West. He therefore introduces the practice of theology through Christology. From the question of personal meaning and self-constitution and their relationship to transcendent meaning and value, he proceeds to discuss the figure and import of Jesus and then the ethical imperative engendered through encounter with him. Fresh and clear, West's book is an invitation to grapple with one's religious commitments, especially in light of recent insights in biblical studies and Continental, feminist, and liberation theologies. This new text will prove an engaging and effective introduction to theological thinking for both undergraduates and Christian adults.