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Contextual theology : the drama of our times

Author: Paul D Matheny
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. : James Clarke, 2012, ©2011.
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Through an accessible and critical approach, the author considers the historical background to contextual theology. In the same way, he shows how to use contextual methods to think theologically and act missiologically in different cultural contexts.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul D Matheny
ISBN: 9780227901045 0227901045
OCLC Number: 847592138
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 124 pages)
Contents: Frontcover ; Title page; Contents; Preface; Introduction; 1. The Church Looks to the Future; The Turning points of Christian Mission Trigger Contextual Theology; Is there a Future for Theology among the 'Established' Churches?; 2. Contextual Methods within the Theological Processes of Christian Churches; The Reality of a New Christianity Calls for Contextualisation; Why Use Contextual Methods in Doing Theology?; The Subjective Within the Theological Process; Inculturation, Indigenization, and Acculturation; Beyond Inculturation: Intercultural Hermeneutics Within the Theological Process. 3. The Helpfulness of Theology in the Life of the ChurchThe Ecclesial Practices of Christian Theology; Knowledge and Hope; Christian Wisdom at Work: A Theological Interpretation of Cultural Memory; Memory, Praxis, and Belonging; 4. Contextual Theology Becomes an Issue; The Early Shaping of Contextual Theology; The Proposal of the Theological Education Fund; Response to the Proposal; 5. Sources and Processes; Process of Healthy Contextualisation: The Circle of Christian Theology; Ecclesial Traditioning as a Cultural Reality; 6. Theology, Both Local and Ecumenical. The Particularity of Christian TruthLocal Theology as a Locus of Contextualization; Telling and Hearing the Biblical Story as Events of Theological Praxis ; Faith Communities are Places for Theological Reflection; The Ecumenical and Contextual Church in the Fullness of Faith; Bibliography; Backcover.
Responsibility: Paul Duane Matheny.


A challenging exposition of the need to move away from old Westernised models of Christendom, and to contextualise theological discourse within the diversity of cultures that make up the world Church.
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"...There is here a useful, updated reminder of what contextual theology is at its best..." Paul Ballard, Theological book review, Vol. 24, No 2, 2012. 'This book is a good resource for theologians, Read more...

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