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Transforming Christian Theology
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Is there a role for Christian theology in the ongoing transformation of church and society? How can the reflective imperative of Christian discipleship support a transformative vision of the world?

This compact volume offers a way for Christians to reflect deeply on how best to conceive Christian identity, commitment, and discipleship in today's challenged, globalized, pluralistic scene. Growing out of the recent "Rekindling Theological Imagination" initiative and led by esteemed theologian Philip Clayton and his colleagues, this volume seeks to capture and articulate the ferment in grassroots North American Christianity today and to relate it directly to the recent strong resurgence of progressive thought and politics. It argues strongly for a mediating role specifically for Christian theology, conceived first as a life practice of Christian discipleship, and its call has found enormous response from popular audiences in conferences, online, in informal Christian settings, as well as in mainline denominations and the academy.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Getting Clear on What You (Really) Believe
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part One: Theology for an Age of Transition
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 1. Things Have Changed, or “Toto, We’re Not in Kansas Any More”
  2. pp. 11-15
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  1. 2. Do Christians Have to Hate Change?
  2. pp. 16-18
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  1. 3. Why the Answers Must Be Theological (and What That Means)
  2. pp. 19-26
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  1. 4. Postmodernity Makes Theologians of Us All
  2. pp. 27-33
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  1. 5. Postmodern Believing
  2. pp. 34-42
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  1. 6. “Everything Must Change”
  2. pp. 43-48
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  1. 7. Managing Change
  2. pp. 49-54
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  1. Part Two: Theologies That Can Transform the Church
  2. pp. 55-56
  1. 8. Don’t Give Up on the Church!
  2. pp. 57-60
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  1. 9. Transformative Theologies
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. 10. Learning to Find Your Theological Voice
  2. pp. 69-78
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  1. 11. Theology as Telling the Story
  2. pp. 79-84
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  1. 12. Theologies in Action
  2. pp. 85-93
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  1. 13. A Theology of Self-Emptying for the Church
  2. pp. 94-112
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  1. Part Three: Theologies That Can Transform Society
  2. pp. 113-114
  1. 14. New Partnerships in Christian Activism
  2. pp. 115-117
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  1. 15. Time to Leave behind Old Liberal/Evangelical Battles
  2. pp. 118-124
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  1. 16. From Church Ministries to Missional Churches
  2. pp. 125-131
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  1. 17. Social Transformation without “Us versus Them”
  2. pp. 132-137
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  1. 18. Constructing Theologies of the Community for the Community: The Six Steps
  2. pp. 138-145
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  1. 19. Toward a Progressive Theology for Christian Activism
  2. pp. 146-156
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  1. Part Four: Conversations Worth Having
  2. pp. 157-160
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  1. Conversation 1. Choice, Convictions, and Connections
  2. pp. 161-163
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  1. Conversation 2. Barriers to Belonging
  2. pp. 164-169
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  1. Conversation 3. Toward a Progressive Missiology
  2. pp. 170-174
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 175-180
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  1. For Further Reading
  2. pp. 181-182
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