Theological dictionaries are foundational to any theological library. But until now there has been no Global Dictionary of Theology, a theological dictionary that presumes the contribution of the Western tradition but moves beyond it to embrace and explore a full range of global expressions of theology. The editorial perspective of the Global Dictionary of Theology is an ecumenical evangelicalism that is receptive to discovering new facets of truth through listening and conversation on a global scale. Thus a distinctive feature of the Global Dictionary of Theology is its conversational approach. Contributors have been called on to write in the spirit of engaging in a larger theological conversation in which alternative views are expected and invited. Pastors, theological teachers, theological students and lay Christian leaders will all find the Global Dictionary of Theology to be a resource that unfolds new dimensions and reveals new panoramas of theological perspective and inquiry. Here is a new launching point for doing theology in today’s global context.
“(theology of inculturation) or dialogue with *religions,” (Page 15)
“The creation narrative was designed to provide Israel with a comprehensive worldview that would reflect ultimate reality and offer an alternative to the Egyptian and Mesopotamian worldviews.” (Page 849)
“Scripture, (2) rhema words (special words of knowledge from God), (3) reports of experiences with the demonic world.” (Page 848)
“Among the many images used of the church in the New Testament, the three most often used are the people of God, the body of Christ and the temple of the Holy Spirit. The people of God image links the church with Israel, the first people of God (Eph 2:19–21; 1 Pet 2:9–10). The most common image, the body of Christ, is used often in a context stressing unity (Rom 12:5; 1 Cor 12:13; Eph 4:3–6). As the temple of the Spirit (1 Cor 3:16–17), the church is the dwelling place of God (Eph 2:21–22).” (Page 251)
“A ‘foothold’ is a spiritual weakness through which demons can enter into a person. Not only can a demon gain an entry in such cases, but the demon also gains a ‘legal right’ to live in that individual.” (Page 848)