With The Hermeneutics of Doctrine, Anthony Thiselton is attempting to make explicit some hermeneutical starting points and currencies that may serve to resource Christian doctrine.
In part one, he sets out the distinctive perspectives and methods that belong to a hermeneutical approach, focusing on method and exploration of hermeneutical resources. Part two is an anticipation of potential objections to a hermeneutic of doctrine from the standpoint of the claims of coherence and system. Here Thiselton endorses the need for system, but with significant qualifications which he outlines. The third part - by far the longest - expounds the content of specific Christian doctrines. These fourteen chapters explore two different kinds of horizons of understanding, the first of which primarily concerns a hermeneutic of communications and the second of hermeneutic truth.
Thiselton explores the thoughts and writings of several theologians and hermeneutical thinkers - most especially Jurgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg - deftly exploring them, exposing their flaws as well as their truths, Unique and thought-provoking, The Hermeneutics of Doctrine is the latest in a long line of worthy volumes to come from Thiselton's pen.