Nürnberger’s ‘Faith in Christ Today: Invitation to Systematic Theology’ is meant to serve the
proclamation of the Word of God in modern times. Based on ‘experiential realism’, as used by
science, it restricts itself to immanent reality, avoids the reification of idealised abstractions and
biblical metaphors and follows an emergent-evolutionary hermeneutic. God’s self-disclosure
manifests itself as (1) creative power in the cosmic process as explored by science, (2) benevolent
intentionality as proclaimed on the basis of the Christ-event and (3) a motivating and transforming
vision in the community of believers. Classical doctrines are reconceptualised in action terms,
rather than ontological terms. Christology: The ministry, death and elevation of Jesus of Nazareth
as God’s messianic representative manifest God’s redemptive intentionality. Trinity: The God
manifest in Christ is identical with the God of Israel and the Creator of the universe and the divine
Spirit transforming and empowering the community of believers. Eschatology: The thrust of
God’s vision of comprehensive optimal well-being moves through time like a horizon opening up
ever new vistas, challenges and opportunities.
INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : The task of Systematic Theology is to
offer as comprehensive and consistent a presentation of the Christian faith as possible under
current circumstances. This involves the retrieval of the biblical message from its ancient
conceptualisations and to repackage it in current world view assumptions. To reach a readership
informed by modern science, technology, commerce and the consumer culture, Nürnberger’s
Systematic Theology applies the approach of experiential realism as practised by the positive
sciences: restricting its analyses to immanent reality and avoiding metaphysical constructs. It
follows a consistent emergent-evolutionary hermeneutic and works on an interdisciplinary basis, using insights from modern physics, biology, neurology and sociology. God is conceptualised as
the transcendent Source and Destiny of experienced reality. The core of the Christian message is
God’s suffering, transforming acceptance of the unacceptable, which involves us in its dynamics.
It is geared to transformation rather than perfection. It is applied to all aspects of reality, including,
for example, entropy, death and natural evil and so on. In this way, the author hopes to help
Christians to regain their intellectual integrity and the credibility of their message.
A seminar held on 29 January 2018 at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria featured nine inputs by colleagues on various
aspects of my Systematic Theology (Nürnberger 2016a and 2016b) and my responses.