A Preface to Theology
Gilpin approaches this goal indirectly, by investigating the historic social roles of Protestant theologians and the educational institutions in which they have pursued their scholarship and teaching. Ranging from analyses of the New England Puritan Cotton Mather to contemporary theologians as "public intellectuals," Gilpin proposes that we find out what theology is by asking what theologians do.
By showing how particular cultural problems have always shaped the work of theologians, Gilpin's work profoundly illuminates the foundations of American academic theology, providing insights that will help guide its future.
Introduction: What Do Theologians Do?
1: The Fruition of the Seminary Ideal, 1720-1830
2: Scholarship and the Culture of Protestantism, 1830-1880
3: The Case for Theology in the University, 1880-1930
4: Intellectual Center of the Church's Life, 1930-1960
5: The Background of Possibilities