Creation and “Actualism”: The Dialectical Dimension of Philosophical Theology
Burrell, David B.
Medieval Philosophy and Theology, vol. 4 (1994)
“Philosophical theology” is a descriptor coined in the 1960s by the contributors to a group endeavor, entitled New Essays in Philosophical Theology, which meant to bring the tools of analytic philosophy to bear on topics long recognized to be theological in character, yet with considerable philosophical resonance* It was subsequently adopted by those who wished to do just that: bring their philosophical expertise to issues theological, without being thereby constrained to consider the traditional “preambles to faith” that had become the stock in trade of a discipline called “natural theology”: the existence of God, the possibility of divine revelation, and the capacity to discourse at all about such transcendent objects.