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Examine key developments in contemporary theology and evaluate the impact of postmodern philosophy on Christian thought. Learn how Christian theology relates to ethics, how the mystery of God impacts our everyday lives, and how the next generation of theologians are constructing their theological systems in order to generate greater ecumenical and cultural dialogue.

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Key Features

  • Presents recent developments in contemporary theology
  • Relates theology and doctrine to ethics and practical life
  • Emphasizes theology in a postmodern context

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Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically

  • Author: Beth Felker Jones
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 256

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This introductory theology text explains key concepts in Christian doctrine and shows that doctrine is integrally linked to the practical realities of Christian life. In order to grow into more faithful practitioners of Christianity, we need to engage in the practice of learning doctrine and understanding how it shapes faithful lives. Beth Felker Jones helps students articulate basic Christian doctrines, think theologically so they can act Christianly in a diverse world, and connect Christian thought to their everyday life of faith.

Practicing Christian Doctrine, written from a solidly evangelical yet ecumenically aware perspective, models a way of doing theology that is generous and charitable. It attends to history and contemporary debates and features voices from the global church. Sidebars made up of illustrative quotations, key Scripture passages, classic hymn texts, and devotional poetry punctuate the chapters. The book will benefit professors and students in introductory theology courses as well as theologically interested laity and clergy.

Practicing Christian Doctrine is a timely and important reminder that doctrines are not merely ideas to be debated but truths to be done. Jones’ evangelical and ecumenical approach to each doctrine is also most welcome: she does a good job balancing the centripetal force of evangelicals’ focus on the gospel with the centrifugal force of the gospel’s historical reception in many places and times. Practicing Christian Doctrine joins the short list of one-volume introductions to Christian theology that I am happy to recommend.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

I can’t think of a better text for introducing Christians to the riches of our theological heritage and to the call to live out that legacy well in the world today.

Christopher A. Hall, professor of Christian studies, Eastern University

A good theology text will outline the contours of doctrine with clarity and verve. Jones does an admirable job of this, introducing the rich tradition of Christian thought across the ages and around the globe. However, she goes beyond the ‘what’ of theology to draw the reader into the ‘So what?’ with lively reminders of the joy and gratitude that should permeate theological exploration.

—Steven Wilkens, professor of philosophy and ethics, Azusa Pacific University

In Practicing Christian Doctrine, Beth Felker Jones presents a rich and engaging survey of Christian doctrine, showing how good theology is not merely to be believed but also lived.

—James S. Spiegel, professor of philosophy and religion, Taylor University

Beth Felker Jones is associate professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She received her PhD from Duke and is the author of several books, including Touched by a Vampire and Marks of His Wounds: Gender Politics and Bodily Resurrection. She is also a regular columnist for the Christian Century.

The Mystery of God: Theology for Knowing the Unknowable

  • Author: Steven D. Boyer and Christopher A. Hall
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 272

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How is it possible to do theology if the “theos” that we believe in is too great for human minds to take in? Christians have always known that God is a mystery and have developed strategies to aid believers in knowing him genuinely, but in a way that takes seriously the fact that he is beyond knowledge. Steven Boyer and Christopher Hall argue that the "mystery of God" has a rightful place in theological discourse and contend that considering divine incomprehensibility invites reverence and humility on the believer’s part. They investigate the biblical, historical, and practical foundations for understanding the mystery of God and examine its implications for a variety of theological issues and practices.

The Mystery of God will serve as a supplemental text in college and seminary theology courses. It will also appeal to pastors and church leaders seeking intellectual and practical guidance for knowing the unknowable God.

Rightly understood, mystery is a powerful and liberating theological reality. Boyer and Hall skillfully explore the wonderful truth of mystery, employing such topics as the incarnation, salvation, and prayer as examples of how it works in the church’s confession and practice.

Kelly M. Kapic, professor of theological studies, Covenant College

This book is both an invitation to contemplation and an exercise in humility. Boyer and Hall bring together theology and spirituality in a way that will help both seasoned travelers and new pilgrims on the road of faith.

Timothy George, founding dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

A fine Protestant theological treatment of mystery in theology is long overdue, and Boyer and Hall have provided it.

Roger E. Olson, professor of theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

The Mystery of God is a refreshing challenge to evangelicals to reject rationalistic approaches to faith while at the same time learning humbly from the Great Tradition. Boyer and Hall mine riches from the fathers that will help their readers appreciate the beauty of the Triune God and the orthodox tradition in which he is found.

—Gerald R. McDermott, professor of theology, Roanoke College

Steven D. Boyer is professor of theology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.

Christopher A. Hall is distinguished professor of theology and director of academic spiritual formation at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He is an editor at large for Christianity Today, editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, and the author of The Trinity, Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, and Learning Theology with the Church Fathers.

The Character of Theology: An Introduction to Its Nature, Task, and Purpose

  • Author: John Franke
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 206

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In this classroom text, John Franke builds on his previous work with Stanley Grenz and argues that the time has come to question whether metanarratives should guide theological reflection. Franke believes theologians should opt for a more modest approach, one that starts with the Spirit-led understanding of Scripture, is filtered through church tradition, and is ultimately applied and validated in differing cultural contexts.

This is a valuable book not just for students or those new to theology but also for those already engaged in the task, including pastors, who are looking for theological reorientation in our postmodern context.

James K.A. Smith, associate professor of philosophy, Calvin College

Franke has produced a clearly articulated approach to theology that is self-consciously and broadly Calvinist in orientation and seeks to bring that tradition into conversation with postmodern evangelical theological trajectories. Franke works toward an understanding of the theological task as a second-order, contextual discipline while also addressing the need for any theology to speak to universal concerns.

Peter Enns, Abram S. Clemens Professor of Biblical Studies, Eastern University

In The Character of Theology, Franke draws from theologians of every historical period to make a compelling case for theological reflection that arises from particular cultural situations. In this way, Franke opens the door for a fruitful postconservative, liberal dialogue to construct a theology for our postmodern world that is faithful to the classical tradition.

Robert Webber, Myers Professor of Ministry, Northern Seminary

Franke demonstrates what postconservative evangelical theology is all about and clearly demonstrates its positive side. This is an introduction to theology not to be missed by anyone interested in leading-edge evangelical thought.

Roger E. Olson, professor of theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

John Franke is professor of religious studies at Evangelische Theologische Faculeit in Leuven, Belgium, and professor of missional theology at the Yellowstone Theological Institute in Bozeman, Montana. He is the author of many books, including Barth for Armchair Theologians, Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth, and coauthor of Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context with Stanley J. Grenz.

A Handbook of Contemporary Theology: Tracing Trends and Discerning Direction’s in Today’s Theological Landscape

  • Author: David L. Smith
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 396

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This introduction to contemporary theology looks at the origin and history of each movement, their major figures, and doctrinal emphases. The author evaluates the teachings and practices of each system in light of biblical Christianity.

A solid presentation of major trends in modern theology.

Christianity Today

David L. Smith was the vice president for academics and professor of Christian theology at Providence College and Theological Seminary, Otterburne, Manitoba.

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