Speculative theology

theology as founded upon, or influenced by, speculation or metaphysical philosophy.

See also: Theology

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Once teaching brothers were broken, however, the anti-intellectualism of most teaching orders discouraged the type of encounter with speculative theology or with traditional monastic, mendicant, Salesian, or Ignatian masters of the spiritual life that often produce great spiritual fruit and heroic sacrifice.
In short, beside speculative theology reduced to its neo-Scholastic form there now appeared a model of positive-speculative theology in which the order of the sequence of words is important: positive theology won out over speculative theology.
But Piacenza, head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, went on at length, weaving a top-heavy construct of speculative theology about priesthood overlaid with treacly pieties and strange contortions of gender and familial relations.
Even the early discourse on speculative theology was absent from our circles.
In this way, we can read the Heidelberg Disputations as a polemic against Aristotelian speculative theology, as Aristotle's Nicoma-chean Ethics and Physics were considered foundational for scholastic theology.
But his extensive correspondence and Murphy's careful analysis (and appendix) of his book purchases reveals the deep impress of Pietro Pomponazzi's Aristotelian lectures; a taste for patristics, Erasmus, and humanistic biblical scholarship; curiosity about Protestant writings and the spirituali; and, until Trent, disinterest in late medieval speculative theology.
Davis' study of three major English mystics of the fourteenth century assumes the reader is familiar with the usual characteristics of these writers, for instance, their use of the Bible as a basis for contemplative prayer, their devotion to the humanity of Christ and the teachings of the Church, their balance of an emotional prayer life and a speculative theology and spirituality, and their moderation in integrating their solitary and their social life.
The importance of traditions is emphasized by al-Sheikh al-Saduq and he quotes traditions against speculative theology.
His daring speculative theology (even Satan will be converted in a future aeon) was condemned by the church.
In a study that largely focuses on the English reception of "suspect" writings between the reigns of Edward III and Henry IV, Kerby-Fulton argues persuasively that the idea of an insular England untroubled by, and largely unaware of continental heresy and speculative theology is untenable.
Still less is it a place for speculative theology that might be debated among professional theologians.
The second sees in him a continuator of speculative theology (kalam)--that is, a theologian who had to switch languages in order to speak of Greek philosophy.