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Cupdct2011
Represents a fresh, ecumenical approach to theological reference. Written with an emphasis on clarity and concision, all entries are designed to help the reader understand and assess the specifically theological significance of the most important concepts.
Editor(s): Ian A. McFarland, David A. S. Fergusson , Karen Kilby, et. al.
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ABBA

The biblical record indicates that abba , the Aramaic word for ‘father’, was the form of address used by Jesus for God (see, e.g., Matt....

Abortion

Abortion is one of today’s most contested moral issues, with many anti-abortionists taking an absolutist stand on the basis of the sanctity of...

Abraham

The biblical figure of Abraham, whose story is found in Gen. 11:27–25:10, is foundational for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, to the extent...

Absolution

see Penance . ...

Accommodation

The concept of accommodation is a corollary of the doctrine of revelation and refers broadly to the processes by which God, though utterly...

Acculturation

see Inculturation . ...

Acedia

see Seven Deadly Sins . ...

Acknowledgements

The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology has been over five years in the making, and many people have contributed towards seeing it...

Adiaphora

Derived from the Greek for ‘indifferent things’, ‘adiaphora’ (singular: ‘adiaphoron’) was used in ancient Stoic philosophy for things (e.g.,...

Adoption

Adoption as an ongoing, socially sanctioned practice does not exist in OT law . Three acts of adoption – of Moses (Exod. 2:10), Genubath (1...

Adoptionism

Adoptionism is the idea that the human being Jesus of Nazareth has some existence prior to union with the divine Logos , such that the union is...

Advent

see Calendar, Liturgical . ...

Adventism

Adventism grew out of the Millerite movement, whose members expected the return of Christ in judgement in 1844. When this did not occur as...

Aesthetics, Theological

Theological aesthetics addresses the place of beauty in Christian life. In classical metaphysics, beauty is taken to be an element of all...

African Theology

African theology is an academic endeavour developed at the nexus of theological (including, e.g., biblical, systematic, confessional,...