Dorisse Ann F.




Chapter 13: Theological Styles and Methods
In his book rethinking fundamental theology, Gerald O’Collins illustrates the elemental
theology as a trustworthy and sensible description of the fundamental Christian beliefs
and ideologies. It also explores to re-learn this theme in examination of what he views
as the probable reason for the prevalent termination in theological curriculum. During
the final chapter (chapter 13: Theological Styles and Methods), certain important ideas
and concepts were introduced to the readers. It primarily dwells and draws upon
explicit themes for the elaborate discussion of the three styles of theology and also nominates
and solicits indispensable guiding principles for the process of engaging in theological
reasoning or speculation.
In the book of Rethinking Fundamental Theology at chapter 13, Gerald O’Collins
characterizes three accessions or passage to theology as science, ethics or social justice
and lastly, worship. While the author directly contends and altercates appropriately
that we necessitate all of the three aforementioned styles, Gerald O’Collins also










consistency advocates or propositions of truth. This might be a case of over-formalizing
the argument. Distinct theories of truth are then seen as autocratic or despotic in the
way that each proposition openly entertains or permits to no opponent. If an account
or declaration is true because it corresponds to reality as is the case then it is not true because
it has pragmatic value or coherence. Theological method belongs to the agenda to
fundamental theology. Hence this final chapter recognizes three styles of theology: firstly
an academic style in search of truth that finds its sources in writings from the past;
secondly a practical style in search of justice that consults the poor and suffering in matters of
faith, doctrine, and morality; and lastly a prayerful style in search of the divine beauty that
nourishes a hunger for a final future through public veneration. These styles, which,
when developed unilaterally, can go off course or off track, need and balance and harmonize
each other.

provisional by recognizing one’s one mortality. It is therefore very essential that these three are practiced unilaterally and entirely to harmonize one another. The subdivision then terminates with eight indispensable pieces of guidance or form of instruction to theologians: be scriptural.In the last chapter. historical by learning from the past. philosophical. ecumenical by being open minded. if one focuses on a single cotemporary style of theology an indispensable part or theme is diminished and it might generate destructive instead of favourable results. and prayerful. . For example. converted through devoted practice of the Christian faith. That individual also lacks the quality of contemplative worshipping and this can affect his or her faith. certain risks and possibilities are also mentioned if an individual practices these methods or styles. local. that individual becomes accustomed only to knowledge and facts and is not immersed in the communities where he or she can experience the genuine suffering of other people so he or she can able to relate and understand their situations. If one focuses only on the sitting style and neglects kneeling and walking.