Transforming Christian Theology For Church and Society

ISBN-10: 0800696999
ISBN-13: 9780800696993
Edition: 2010
Author(s): Philip Clayton
Description: 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. This volume seeks to capture and articulate the ferment  More...
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Copyright Year: 2010
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication Date: 11/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

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. 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.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Getting Clear on What You (Really) Believe
A Prophetic Challenge to Academic Theology
Toward the Rebirth of Theology
Theology for an Age of Transition
Things Have Changed, or "Toto, We're Not in Kansas Any More"
Religion in America Fifty Years Ago
The '60s and 70s
American Religion in the Early Twenty-First Century
Do Christians Have to Hate Change?
Why the Answers Must Be Theological (and What That Means)
A Theology Is a World-and-Life-View
Sources for Christian World-and-Life-Views
Postmodernity Makes Theologians of Us All
What Were the Assumptions of "Modernity?"
Transition to a Postmodern World
Postmodern Believing
Three Last Gasps of Late Modernity
Doubt Is Not Sin
Return to a Thinking Faith
Belonging, Behaving, Believing
Always Already on the Way
"Everything Must Change"
Parallels with the Fall of Rome
Changes in the Structure of Congregations
Changes in the Structure of Denominations
Managing Change
An Urgent Call lo Church Leaders
Theologies That Can Transform the Church
Don't Give Up on the Church!
Transformative Theologies
Two Warring Camps
Returning to "Big Tent" Christianity
Don't Just Talk about It; Do It!
Learning from Experience
Learning to Find Your Theological Voice
Make Your Beliefs Conscious
Examples to Get You Started
The Seven Core Christian Questions
Building Church Programs from Your Theology Outward
Imagine Martin Luther in the Twenty-First Century
Theology as Telling the Story
Telling Theological Stories at the Personal Level
Telling Theological Stories at the Congregational Level-and Beyond
Theologies in Action
Put Your Thought Where Your Heart Is
Try This Experiment in Your Local Church
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
Viewing Theologies as Complementary, Not Mutually Exclusive
A Theology of Self-Emptying for the Church
The Christ Hymn in Philippians 2
Living the Christ Hymn
Recognizing the Faces of Power and Prejudice
Self-Emptying in Christian Congregations
Uniting Proclamation with Self-Emptying
Self-Emptying Theologies
Theologies That Can Transform Society
New Partnerships in Christian Activism
The Obama Effect
Postmodern (Pragmatic) Idealism
Time to Leave behind Old Liberal/Evangelical Battles
It Looks like "Liberal" Won't Do It
Finding a Term that Splits the Difference
Making a Difference with the Difference
From Church Ministries to Missional Churches
How Things Used to Be
How Things Are Now
Rethinking Theology of Mission from the Ground Up
Features of Missional Churches
Social Transformation without "Us versus Them"
Our Plural Identities
Theology in an Age of interlocking Identities
A Call to Retrieval, Renewal-and Radical Transformation
Constructing Theologies of the Community for the Community: The Six Steps
The Excitement Principle
Identifying with a Missional Community
Why Real Community and Missional Christianity are Inseparable
Toward a Progressive Theology for Christian Activism
Why Is It Controversial for Christians to be Boldly Progressive?
Social Transformation in Luke 4, Luke 6, and Matthew 25
Working with God for the Salvation of the World
Conversations Worth Having
Choice, Convictions, and Connections
Barriers to Belonging
Toward a Progressive Missiology
Notes
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