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Title: A study on the possibility of agency theology
Author: Lee, Seung-Gyu
ISNI:       0000 0004 5368 4645
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis presents a possibility of agency theology. In order to research this issue, the notion of agency is investigated and interpreted objectively. First, the thesis looks closely at German philosophers who have enabled the notion of agency to be embodied, especially Hegel, Feuerbach and Marx, who carried out extensive research into agency as a linking factor between subject and object. Then, it examines agency theory, as used by modern philosophers to analyse the nature of human beings, mentality, self and action, which are difficult to construe scientifically. However, these philosophical attempts cannot resolve the connection between religious, transcendent domains and actual domains. In particular, Barth argues that the divine realm cannot be understood by the rational efforts of human beings. Thus, Barth criticizes the human-centred theology of the 18th and 19th centuries, which states that all yardsticks originate from human beings. However, modern scientific theologians and natural theologians have opened up the possibility of discovering the connecting point between God, humans and the created world through scientific research. The contradiction between the ability of reason and divine self-attestation demands synthesis. This thesis argues that these philosophical and theological approaches can be synthesized in missiological aspects. However, the history of imperialism has tainted mission, leading to the argument that mission is now of questionable value. Given the stigma associated with mission, there are difficulties in the mediation and reconciliation of God and people outside of God. Therefore, as an alternative, this thesis presents agency theology, which links God, human beings and the world. Agency theology is a theology of connection, an action theology which acts to solve concrete problems in the world, and an apostolate theology, which works continuously to transform the world with apostolicity.
Supervisor: Vinzent, Markus ; Janz, Paul Dwight Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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