A Practical Theology of the Cross
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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Years ago James Loder said that “practical Theology is the generative problematic of divine and human action.”1 This statement has been my own personal rudder as I’ve sought to sail the seas of practical theology. Yet, I have embarked on this project because it appears that the major approaches in the field of practical...
There was an apple tree that sat just beyond the yard of the first house in which I grew up.1 At least in my memory, this apple tree sat right between my house and the house of Benjamin—my first friend. Its low-hanging branches served as the canvas in which my first friendship was painted. As far as I can remember...
2. Setting the Terrain
The forecast of religion in America remains tempered, with some spotting trends of decline and others reporting relative stability.1 But almost no one is predicting clear skies and perfectly happy days for American religion as it moves into the next decades of the twenty-first century. While sociologists and...
3. Concrete Lived Cases of Ministerial Encounter with Divine Action
I began chapter 1 by articulating one of my own concrete experiences with divine action. This experience and others that have followed it, I claimed, are real; God’s presence has come to me, and come to me in the most practical and lived ways. But all experience is contested. Its contested nature does not prevent...
4. Dominant Models of Practical Theology
The objective of this chapter is to map the field of practical theology. But maps are always of a particular place, and when you have your feet on the ground of a locale it is always helpful for the maps to be specific. When trying to get around the streets of Chicago, it is of little help to have a globe. Therefore, the...
5. A Christopraxis Practical Theology of the Cross
Through the appreciative critique of the four dominant models of practical theology in the last chapter, I began to articulate my own position, an approach I call a Christopraxis practical theology of the cross. The objective of this chapter will be more directly and more fully to lay out this position, leaving...
6. Practical Theology into Nothingness
In the last chapter I sought to describe a Christopraxis practical theology of the cross. In the next two chapters I will deepen this perspective by drilling into a number of the central themes described earlier. For instance, in this chapter I will explore how Christopraxis and its theme “from death to life” and its...
7. The Concurring of the Divine with the Human
The last chapter concluded by recalibrating practical theology so that it might run not on the Aristotelian framework of human actuality to possibility but rather on the biblical and theological rails of possibility through nothingness—it is possibility through nothingness that embeds my Christopraxis perspective...
8. Critical Realism and Practical Theology
In the last two chapters the theological lifting has been heavy. I have sought to drag practical theology onto significant theological ground, making a case for a Christopraxis practical theology of the cross. I’ve left open the critique that my discourse is more theological than social scientific, empirical, or even...
9. Human Action
Throughout this project I have sought to offer an “about face” to practical theology, calling it to give direct attention to the mystery of divine action as the core of its disciplinary focus on the lived and experiential. I have tried to make a case for the lived and experiential encounter of divine action as...
It seems fair, though possibly lacking nuance, to assert that practical theology’s revitalization in the twentieth century has much to do with the evolution of the social sciences. Practical theology was locked only in application, having no dialogue partner and no task other than applying the work of big brother...
Index of Names and Subjects
Page Count: 260
Publication Year: 2014
OCLC Number: 874969510
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