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Theology in the Middle of Things: Existential Preconditions of Systematic Theology

Journal article
Authors Ola Sigurdson
Published in International Journal of Systematic Theology
ISSN 1463-1652
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Language en
Keywords Theology and starting points, Theology and existential preconditions, Theology and embodiment, Theology and subjectivity, Theology and spatiality
Subject categories Systematic theology, Faith and reason, Philosophy of religion


In this article I argue that an account of the starting point of systematic theology should be shaped by an understanding of what I call the ‘existential preconditions’ of theological work. I develop accounts of three such preconditions – embodiment, subjectivity, and spatiality – for the sake of showing that they both stand as necessary conditions of theological work, and represent topics of and in systematic theology. Reflection on this twofold ‘precondition of but topic in’ dynamic serves as a foundation for the claim that theology is always undertaken in media res, and is best understood to have its starting point ‘in the middle of things’.

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