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Christian theology in practice : discovering a discipline

Author: Bonnie J Miller-McLemore
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For the past fifty years, scholars in both pastoral and practical theology have attempted to recapture human religious experience and practice as essential sites for theological engagement -- redefining in the process what theology is, how it is done, and who does it. In this book Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore shows how this trend in scholarship has led to an expanded subject matter, alternative ways of knowing, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bonnie J Miller-McLemore
ISBN: 9780802865342 0802865348
OCLC Number: 745428777
Description: xi, 322 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Engaging practice : the work of Christian theology --
Part I. Living web : a subject matter. The living web and the state of pastoral theology --
Revisiting the living document and web --
Pastoral theology as public theology --
Practical theology : a definition --
Part II. Practical wisdom : a way of knowing. A maternal feminist epistemology --
The subversive practice of pastoral theology --
The clerical and the academic paradigm --
Practical theology, pedagogy, and theological know-how --
Part III. Gender : a key category of analysis. Feminist theory and pastoral theology --
How gender studies revolutionized pastoral theology --
Feminist studies in psychology : a resource --
Pastoral theology and the future of religion and psychological studies.
Responsibility: Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore.

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For the past fifty years, scholars in both pastoral and practical theology have attempted to recapture human religious experience and practice as essential sites for theological engagement -- redefining in the process what theology is, how it is done, and who does it. In this book Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore shows how this trend in scholarship has led to an expanded subject matter, alternative ways of knowing, and richer terms for analysis in doing Christian theology. Tracing more than two decades of her own search for a more inclusive discipline -- one that truly grapples with theology in the midst of life -- Christian Theology in Practice shows not only where Miller-McLemore herself has traveled in the field but also how pastoral and practical theology has developed during this time. Looking forward, Miller-McLemore calls on the academy and Christian congregations to disrupt conventional theological boundaries and to acknowledge the multiplicity of shapes and places in which the "wisdom of God" appears.
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