Volume 47, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268
  • oa Accountability as a criterion for theological constructions

    1I want to express my gratitude to dr Luco van den Brom, prof. Vincent Brümmer, dr Anne-Marie Korte, dr Marcel Sarot, prof. Egbert Schroten, drs Inez van der Spek, and drs Arie Troost for their careful reading of earlier drafts of this paper. Their comments were very helpful. I also wish to acknowledge, at this point, the work of the members of the graduate research seminar in the Arts faculty, within the graduate school, Anna Maria van Schuurman Centrum, Utrecht.

  • By Anja Kosterman
  • Source: NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion, Volume 47, Issue 3, Jul 1993, p. 201 - 214
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.5117/NTT1993.3.003.KOST
  • Language: English
    • Published online: 01 Jul 1993



The article deals with the problem of laying down criteria to evaluate theological constructions. It is argued that the criteria that are generally accepted, like those of coherence and relevance are necessary though not sufficient to assess the validity of theological constructions. They leave open the possibility of exclusive and even oppressive types of theology. In this article a moral criterion, namely that of accountability, is proposed. Some possibilities to apply such a criterion are explored.


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