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    Kaufman's Proposal For Theological Method And Construal Of The Doctrine Of God

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    9 pages in length. Where does theology end and everything else begin? Or at which point does one stop talking about philosophy or psychology and make the transition into theological territory? This quandary is what Gordon D. Kaufman spends an entire book discussing in the hopes to establish an understanding of why certain subject matter is considered to be theological in nature while others are not, when there is little – if any – obvious aspects to differentiate one from another. No additional sources cited.

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    into theological territory? This quandary is what Gordon D. Kaufman spends an entire book discussing in the hopes to establish an understanding of why certain subject matter is considered  to be theological in nature while others are not, when there is little - if any - obvious aspects to differentiate one from another. II. WHAT THEOLOGY IS NOT  Kaufmans attempt to distinguish theological thought from all other is bold indeed; not only must he delete from contemporary minds that theology is automatically akin to religion, but he must  then rebuild the foundation of something that people have come to know and accept their entire lives. If theology does not directly reflect religious thought, then what does it  represent? According to Kaufman, the words that are used to distinguish theological thought and discussion from all others include God, man, church, reconciliation, revelation, prayer and faith; however, he  also points out how these words are not unique to the religious community, but rather are "ordinary words from the everyday language of people. Everyone who speaks English (or  German or Russian or Italian, in the corresponding cases) knows and understands these words and uses them in appropriate situations" (Kaufman 3). As such, the author contends, there can  be no special compensation made for the so-called exclusivity between religion and theological thought when such words are "tied to the life of the culture as a whole and can  be grasped only in connection with that broad cultural base and experience; it is by no means the private property of the church or of those who are members of  the church" (Kaufman 4). To Kaufman, the entire concept of theology is both exaggerated and off-putting to those who see no separation between theological thought and any other. That 

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