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The Vocation of Theology: Inquiry, Dialogue, Adoration

Editor Rex D. Matthews
The Vocation of Theology: Inquiry, Dialogue, Adoration

What does it mean to be a theologian?

When Emory University’s Candler School of Theology was established in 1914, the school’s founders had little notion of the remarkable events ahead: two world wars, a cold war under the threat of nuclear destruction, the collapse of colonialism, the Holocaust, and technological revolution. In response, theology was inadequate to the task of understanding and interpreting these world-changing circumstances in light of the Good News. Candler entered its second century in 2014–15, its faculty and students sought to anticipate some of the major theological challenges of the era to better prepare for the task of speaking God’s truth in the midst of rapidly changing circumstances. The issues taken up during the year of Candler’s centennial celebration were not trivial or parochial; they cut to the core of Christian identity and witness: theological imagination and secularization, the image of God in contemporary society, creation and care of the earth, and the kingdom of God and global pluralism.


Teresa Fry Brown                               
Jehu J. Hanciles                                                    
Carl R. Holladay                                                                      
Luke Timothy Johnson                    
Thomas G. Long                                                     
Jan Love
Ellen Ott Marshall           
Carol A. Newsom              
Don E. Saliers    
Luther E. Smith Jr.
Ted A. Smith
Brent A. Strawn
Steven M. Tipton
Editor Rex D. Matthews is Professor in the Practice of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.