Theological seminary of the University of St Andrews (UK) has issued a statement on the recent controversy surrounding the title of its latest book, God’s Word: A Christian Faith, which they say would “encourage Christians to be theologically engaged”.
In a recent interview with The Journal, the Rev. Mark O’Leary, the school’s president and vice-chancellor, explained that the book, released last year, had been written by “two men who have a very distinct understanding of Christian theology”.
O’Leary was speaking to The Journal in an interview published on the school website.
He said that the controversy over the title stemmed from the fact that “there are very few theologians that are as highly regarded as we are in our profession, and are considered to be experts in theology.”
He continued:”What happened is that one of the two men in this book, David Waddington, wrote an article, which is what is happening.
He was the one who gave the title to the book and then went to the pulpit and talked about how he had been influenced by his own faith.
It was all very, very personal, very hurtful.”
O’Connor said that he was aware of the controversy surrounding “God’s Word” as a title for the book.
He explained that in a theological context, the title refers to the “Word of God”, and that the Bible is the Word of God.
“The book’s title was a title that we used because we thought that the title was relevant to a broader theological context,” he said.
“That is the reason that we chose the title, as we felt that it was relevant for a wider theological context.”
But the title does not have to be a title of the book itself, as it is a title in the broader context of theology.
It could be a word, or it could be the word of God.
“Oath of the Church is a work of theology, and in a way, O’Connor says it was a work that “encourages Christians to take a different perspective on Scripture”.
Oath also encourages “an engaged theological discourse” in relation to the Bible.
The university’s website describes it as “an invitation to theologians, scholars and students to engage in a dialogue about the meaning and authority of Scripture.””
Theologically, the Bible has a deep and distinctive theological significance,” O’Kelly explained.”
We have a responsibility to use that theology to better understand the Bible and to build bridges of understanding between biblical scholarship and theological thought.
“It is a task that I hope we will all be able to do together.”
Oaths of the Catholic Church are a “common heritage” in theology, the university’s statement says.
“Our aim is to enable our students and faculty to share our common heritage and heritage of faith through a common theological discourse, in a manner that enables us to respond to the challenge of a world where the Gospel is not the norm and the Gospel tradition is not part of the public debate.”
Ours is a “different and more ecumenical teaching tradition than the Roman Catholic Church,” Oodley explained.
“It is our belief that we are at a crossroads where it is very important for us to continue to be ecumenically engaged in the wider conversation of theology.”
O’deigh’s book is set for publication in the United Kingdom in September, with a German translation planned for later this year.
The article was first published on The Journal website.