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Contemporary Theology

FEMINIST THEOLOGY

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Rethinking the Christian faith from a woman's perspective has been an important advancement in modern theology. This book introduces the methods, ideas, and contributions of recent feminist theology to readers encountering the subject for the first time. Natalie Watson explores the historical background of feminist theology, discusses the value of reading Scripture from a feminist perspective, and shows how this approach can offer a critical, creative, and constructive rereading of the Christian tradition. She also sets forth some fresh ideas encouraging people to see feminism not as a threat to the church but as a challenging perspective that actually enhances its life in today's world. An extensive annotated bibliography invites readers to further study, presenting a wealth of books on feminist theology by many well-known authors. Ideal for classroom instruction, discussion groups, and personal study, this volume is an exceptional, user-friendly guide to contemporary feminist thought.
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FIRST & THE LAST

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As Christians become more engaged with the reality of religious pluralism, many find themselves torn between two worthy goals: to be faithful to the lordship of Jesus Christ, and to be open generously to possible truths found in other religions. "The First and the Last" offers a constructive way forward, showing how Christian theology can bring these two goals together.

This is a challenging and important book. At stake in the current debate over religious pluralism is the issue, not only of evangelism and mission, but also of the Christian claim to the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. George Sumner leads readers through both the challenges and possibilities raised by this debate, and he outlines a distinctive new method for assessing from a Christian standpoint the claims and practices of neighboring faiths.

The crux of Sumnerbs approach is a position he calls bfinal primacy, b a position that (1) sets non-Christian religions in relation to the unique mediating role of Jesus Christ, and (2) relates their truth claims to the overall scheme of grace. Sumner shows the effectiveness of this position in practical terms, using final primacy as a frame of reference for a number of twentieth-century theologies, namely those of Barth, Rahner, and Pannenberg, and as a way of examining both Indian and African theologies against their respective backgrounds of Hinduism and tribal practices.

Additionally, the book serves as an excellent introduction to the history of interfaith thought. Sumner surveys the ways religious pluralism has been handled in the past, including its treatment in the Enlightenment period in the work of figures like Schleiermacher, Lessing, Smart, and Konstantine. Sumnerends his work by facing head on the difficult question of bdialogue.b Final primacy, he says, redefines the mean of dialogue even as it promotes it, and he tells how in most thought-provoking terms.

Both provocative and stimulating, "The First and the Last" provides valuable reading for anyone interested in theology, interfaith dialogue, and missions.

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July 1, 2004

GATHERING OF MEMORIES

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We live in a forgetful age, and our collective memory loss can be dangerous. In this intriguing book, Charles Pinches examines the nature of true memory as it appears in family, nation, and church, the three structures that preside over memory's territory. He takes a look at the power of memory in a fallen world, shining light on both the lies that disconnect us and the solution to the problem. Pinches deftly shows how memory is tied to community and ultimately to God. Pastors, lay leaders, and readers in the emerging church movement will appreciate this clear exploration of how memory works to make us human.
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March 1, 2006

GREAT EMERGENCE

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Combining history, a look at the causes of social upheaval, this text shows readers what the 'Great Emergence' in church and culture is, how it came to be, and where it is going.
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October 1, 2008

HOW NOT TO SPEAK OF GOD

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With sensitivity to the Christian tradition and a rich understanding of postmodern thought, Peter Rollins argues that the movement known as the "emerging church" offers a singular, unprecedented message of transformation that has the potential to revolutionize the theological and moral architecture of Western Christianity.
How (not) to Speak of God sets out to explore the theory and praxis of this contemporary expression of faith. Rollins offers a clear exploration of this embryonic movement and provides key resources for those involved in communities that are conversant with, and seeking to minister effectively to, the needs of a postmodern world.

"Here in pregnant bud is the rose, the emerging new configuration, of a Christianity that is neither Roman nor Protestant, neither Eastern nor monastic; but rather is the re-formation of all of them. Here, in pregnant bud, is third-millennium Christendom." --Phyllis Tickle

"I am a raving fan of the book you are holding. I loved reading it. I have already begun widely recommending it. Reading it did good for my mind and for my soul. It helped me understand my own spiritual journey more clearly, and it gave me a sense of context for the work I'm involved in. In fact, I would say this is one of the two or three most rewarding books of theology I have read in ten years." --Brian McLaren, from the Foreword

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August 1, 2006

INTRODUCING CONTEMPORARY THEOLOGY

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November 17, 2003

Jesus & the Holocaust Reflections on Suffering & Hope

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Jesus was a Jew. Yet nineteen centuries after his death, hatred inspired in part by the long-standing tradition of Christian anti-Judaism played a significant role in the murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust.

How are Christians and Jews to deal with this jarring historical incongruity?

In Jesus and the Holocaust Joel Marcus--a Jew by birth, a Christian by choice--offers stirring meditations on the relationship between the deaths of six million Jews at the hands of the Nazis and the death of one innocent Jew on the cross. Basing his work on sermons he originally preached on Good Friday 1995, a date that also corresponded with the fifty-year anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, Marcus weaves reflection on Bible passages together with poetry and narratives about the Holocaust. He shows how the hope that Christians have always found hidden in Christ's darkest hour can shed light on one of the most tragic events of our recent history--and vice versa.
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March 27, 2017

LOGIC OF RENEWAL

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The Western church is currently awash in a sea of renewal movements - so much so that she is in danger of drowning. Across the church's many denominations and great theological divisions there is a persistent quest for change, reflected in repeated calls for "revival," "reform," revitalization," and "restoration." We now have so much literature on the topic that one is hard-pressed to keep up with it, let alone evaluate it critically. In The Logic of Renewal William Abraham helps church leaders and members get their bearings in the renewal debate by analyzing the most salient proposals for church renewal that have surfaced over the last fifty years. In successive chapters he pairs outspoken figures who (in all but one chapter) represent strongly contrasting convictions - James T. Draper and Dennis Bennett, Lesslie Newbigin and John Shelby Spong, Rosemary Radford Ruether and Cardinal Ratzinger, Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Romero, Alexander Schmemann and Gilbert Bilezikian, Don Cupitt and Edward Norman, C. Peter Wagner and R. R. Reno. Abraham gives special attention to the theological assumptions of each proposal, highlights its overall strengths and weaknesses, and develops his own proposals for church renewal through interaction with those under review. Articulate, bracing, and constructive, The Logic of Renewal will redefine the way Christians think about church life. WILLIAM J. ABRAHAM is Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. His other books include The Logic of Evangelism and The Coming Great Revival.
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December 8, 2003

Modern Theologians an Introduction to Christian Theology Since 1918 3rd Edition

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This popular text has been updated to ensure that it continues to provide a current and comprehensive overview of the main Christian theologies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
  • Each chapter is written by a leading theologian and gives a clear picture of a particular movement, topic or individual.
  • New and updated treatments of topics covered in earlier editions, with over half the chapters new to this edition or revised by new authors.
  • New section singling out six classic theologians of the twentieth century.
  • Expanded treatment of the natural sciences, gender, Roman Catholic theology since Vatican II, and African, Asian and Evangelical theologies.
  • Completely new chapters on spirituality, pastoral theology, philosophical theology, postcolonial biblical interpretation, Pentecostal theology, Islam and Christian theology, Buddhism and Christian theology, and theology and film.
  • As in previous editions, the text opens with a full introduction to modern theology.
  • Epilogue discussing the present situation and prospects of Christian theology in the twenty-first century.
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    August 1, 2005

    MYTH OF CHRISTIAN UNIQUENESS

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    A new model of Christian theology, the 'pluralistic' model, is taking shape, moving beyond the traditional models of exclusivism (Christianity as the only true religion) and inclusivism (Christianity as the best religion) toward a view that recognizes the possibility of many valid religions. In this volume, a widely representative group of eminent Christian theologians - Protestant and Catholic, male and female, from East and West, First and Third Worlds - explores genuinely new attitudes toward other believers and traditions, expanding and refining the discussion and debate over pluralistic theology. Contributors are: Gordon D. Kaufman, John Hick, Langdon Gilkey, Wilfred Cantwell Smith, Stanley J. Samartha, Raimundo Panikkar, Seiichi Yagi, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Marjorie Jewitt Suchocki, Aloysius Pieris, Tom F. Driver, and Paul F. Knitter. An important study of what is fast becoming the central issue of contemporary Christian self-understanding. Even critics of this program will learn much from these daring reflections. David Tracy, Distinguished Service Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School For some this book will build a bridge to religious pluralism and interreligious dialogue; for others it will expand the bridgehead. Leonard Swidler, Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue, Temple University The discussion documented by this book of essays is close to the heart of contemporary theology. It ranges over all the issues of an adequate Christian theology of religions; and even those who are skeptical about its contributors' pluralistic thesis will be challenged and informed by their arguments for it. Schubert M. Ogden, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theology, Southern Methodist University The publication of this book symbolizes a new theological epoch in which the global context of our work penetrates its core. For this and for the many fresh perspectives and insights to be found in the individual essays it is an important milestone. John B. Cobb, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Theology, Claremont Graduate School John Hick is Danforth Professor Emeritus of Religion at Claremont Graduate School. His many books include 'Problems of Religious Pluralism', 'God Has Many Names', and 'The Myth of God Incarnate'. Paul F. Knitter is Professor Emeritus of Theology at Xavier University, Cincinnati. He is also the author of 'No Other Name? A Critical Survey of Christian Attitudes Toward the World Religions'.
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    January 25, 2005

    NEW KIND OF CONVERSATION

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    Using the format of the weblog, A New Kind of Conversation is an experimental book that enters into a conversational theological exploration with five evangelical leaders and academics (Brian McLaren, Bruce Ellis Benson, Ellen Haroutunian, Mabiala Kenzon, and Myron Bradley Penner), who are the primary bloggers. Originally posted on anewkindofconversation.com, people all over the world were invited to blog on the following topics: - What is 'Postmodernity'? - What is a Postmodern Evangelical? - Theology and (Non)(Post) Foundationalism - The Bible, Theology and Postmodernism - Evangelical Faith and (Postmodern) Others - Postmodern Apologetics - Postmodern Ministry - Spiritual Formation in a Postmodern Context. This book is a condensed version of that conversation.
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    September 1, 2007

    NONCONFORMIST THEOLOGY IN THE 20TH CENTU

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    This book based on the 2006 Didsbury Lectures is the first comprehensive study of the systematic doctrinal and constructive theology produced within the major Nonconformist traditions Congregational Baptist Presbyterian Unitarian Methodist and United Reformed during the twentieth century. In the first chapter the landscape is surveyed with reference to such topics as the New Theology the First World War the reception of Karl Barth the theological excitements of the 1960s and pluralism. The second chapter concerns the major Christian doctrines God Christ the Holy Spirit and the Trinity while in the third ecclesiological and ecumenical themes are discussed. Eschatology is treated in the concluding chapter and there follows the authorrsquo;s assessment of the significance of twentiethcentury Nonconformist theology and his observations regarding its current state future content and practitioners.
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    October 1, 2006