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The Facts on the Ground: A Wisdom Theology of Culture

ISBN: 9781725299634

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Starting with the fraught and often contested role of Christian participation in contemporary culture, and in the light of the chaotic challenges of recent events, William Dyrness develops a biblical theology of cultural wisdom, both its poetics and its practice, as a way of making sense both of these human cultural challenges, and of God's presence on the way to the New Creation. Making use of the biblical category of wisdom in both Old and New Testaments, Dyrness offers a fresh way to understand both human responsibility in culture and God's presence and purposes for creation as this developed in the life of Israel, and was embodied in the life and teachings of Christ. Centrally the book argues Christ's life and teaching represent a Christian wisdom that opened up new possibilities for human culture. This Christian wisdom emerged as the Gospel made its way in culture--first into the Greco-Roman world of the Early Church and then, since the Reformation, into the modern period. Dyrness suggests this Christ-centered cultural wisdom offers resources that help illumine, and transform received notions of common grace, and even general and special revelation.

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  • Describes the content of wisdom in practical and theological terms
  • Develops the notion of cultural wisdom in terms of human delight and the appropriation or practices that open the potential of God’s good creation
  • Develops the notion of “concurrence” that describes human freedom as responses that are aligned with God’s purposes in creation and recreation

A Theology of Cultural Wisdom

  • Toward a Wisdom Theology of Culture
  • The Poetics and Practice of Wisdom

The Biblical Trajectories of Wisdom

  • Creation and Wisdom
  • The Fist Testament Trajectory of Life
  • Christ and the Wisdom of New Creation

Wisdom and Theology in Historical Perspective

  • From Wisdom to Theology in the Early Church
  • The Poetics and Practice of Contemporary Wisdom
William Dyrness gives marvelous guidance here about God’s call to us to walk wisely together as human beings. And in our quests for cultural wisdom, he argues, we will often find rich resources from ‘the facts on the ground’ well beyond the Christian community. This is a wise book about the wisdom that equips us to discern and promote God’s purposes for the creation.

—Richard J. Mouw, President emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary


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    Digital list price: $26.99
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    Gathering interest