Vox Theologiae: Boldness and Humility in Public Theological Speech

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Abstract

This article explores the sense in which Christian theology should speak in a manner befitting its nature and content: namely, with humility and boldness in equipoise. The article uses the term vox theologiae (the voice of theology) to do so. The article builds on the works of Herman Bavinck and Karl Barth and various earlier theological approaches to virtue and aesthetics, in order to understand the particulars of theology’s voice. As such, the article attempts to explain why theology gears its practitioner towards a form of public speech rooted in simultaneous daringness and modesty; in so doing, it enters public theology with a particular focus on the place of dogmatics (as a distinct theologi­ cal discipline) in the public realm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-28
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Public Theology
Volume9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Bavinck
  • Barth
  • Voice
  • Virtue
  • Vox Theologiae
  • Boldness
  • Humility

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