Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life

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In a time when academic theology often neglects the lived practices of the Christian community, this volume seeks to bring balance to the situation by showing the dynamic link between the task of theology and the practices of the Christian life. The work of thirteen first-rate theologians from several cultural and Christian perspectives, these informed and informative essays explore the relationship between Christian theology and practice in the daily lives of believers, in the ministry of Christian communities, and as a needed focus within Christian education. Contributors: " Dorothy C. Bass
Nancy Bedford
Gilbert Bond
Sarah Coakley
Craig Dykstra
Reinhard Hütter
L. Gregory Jones
Serene Jones
Amy Plantinga Pauw
Christine Pohl
Kathryn Tanner
Miroslav Volf
Tammy Williams"

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About the Author:

Miroslav Volf is Director of the Yale Center for Faith andCulture and Henry B. Wright Professor of SystematicTheology at Yale Divinity School. His other books includeExclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration ofIdentity, Otherness, and Reconciliation.

Dorothy C. Bass is director emerita of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith.

From Library Journal:

In this collection of essays, 13 contemporary Christian theologians examine the Christian Church as a community whose faith, fellowship, and worship are experienced and actuated in an array of practices. Practices in the Christian Church are "things Christian people do together over time to address fundamental human needs in response to and in the light of God's active presence for the life of the world." Editors Volf (theology, Yale Divinity Sch.; Exclusion and Embrace) and Bass (Valparaiso Univ.; Receiving the Day) contribute the first and last of the essays, which serve as bookend pieces, while the remaining essays are arranged in two clusters. The first group addresses how and why theological reflection on practices is crucial to ministry; the second offers programmatic proposals for the discipline of theology and the education of academicians and pastors. Volf's concluding essay suggests that theology itself is a practice, helping Christians to understand, reformulate, and integrate beliefs in an ever-changing world. Recommended not only for seminary and university libraries but for libraries with an active religious studies circulation. David I. Fulton, Our Lady of Victories Church, Baptistown, NJ
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