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The Drama of Doctrine [Paperback]

By Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Author)
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Observing a strange disappearance of doctrine within the church, Kevin Vanhoozer argues that there is no more urgent task for Christians today than to engage in living truthfully with others before God. He details how doctrine serves the church--the theater of the gospel--by directing individuals and congregations to participate in the drama of what God is doing to renew all things in Jesus Christ. Taking his cue from George Lindbeck and others who locate the criteria of Christian identity in Spirit-led church practices, Vanhoozer relocates the norm for Christian doctrine in the canonical practices, which, he argues, both provoke and preserve the integrity of the church's witness as prophetic and apostolic.

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At the heart of Christianity lies a series of vividly striking events that together make up the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel - God's self-giving in Jesus Christ for humanity - is intrinsically dramatic, a matter of speech acts and deed words. Why is it, then, that Christian doctrine so often appears strikingly dull by way of contrast? And what happens to doctrine when those inside the church and without become suspicious of claims to know like God, or of truth claims in general? The Drama of Doctrine argues that there is no more urgent task in the church than to reflect on and engage in living truthfully with others before God. Doctrine serves the church as an aid to truthful living, and is a vital aspect of the church's public witness in and to the world. Several recent proposals, post liberal and Radical Orthodox among others, advocate a cultural-linguistic turn, reconceiving theology in terms of church practices, and in the process making ecclesiology into a virtual first theology. At the same time, other theologians have stressed the importance of performing the Scriptures. Combining these two emphases - theology as church practice and interpretation as performance - Va

Awards and Recognitions
The Drama of Doctrine by Kevin J. Vanhoozer has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2006 Winner - Theology/Ethics category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Drama of Doctrine by Kevin J. Vanhoozer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Century - 02/12/2008 page 40

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   488
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 2, 2005
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0664223273  
ISBN13  9780664223274  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of several books, including Is There a Meaning in This Text?
Craig G. Bartholomew (Ph.D., University of Bristol) holds the H. Evan Runner Chair in Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ontario. He is the coauthor of The Drama of Scripture.
Daniel J. Treier (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Blanchard Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.
N. T. Wright (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is bishop of Durham and author of over forty books, including Jesus and the Victory of God, The Resurrection of the Son of God, and a popular series of guides to the New Testament.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer has an academic affiliation as follows - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Teds).

Kevin J. Vanhoozer has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cambridge Companions to Religion
  2. Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine
  3. Counterpoints: Bible & Theology
  4. Cultural Exegesis
  5. Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture

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How shall we live?  Mar 15, 2008
This is an excellent work which seeks to set out the method for Vanhoozer's theology. It is orthodox yet aims at new ways of thinking of old ideas. Vanhoozer attempts to deal with the major problems that evangelicals face in this age; that is, trying to fit modern problems into the Christian Canon (i.e. Wayne Grudem; though Grudem can be appreciated as well), and on the other end, accepting postmodern notions of textual interpretation. To put it simply, Vanhoozer deals with how the Church is to go about living wisely all under the guise of a drama which we are ultimately part of without accepting more dangerous alternatives to traditional doctrine. I am convinced that this volume will be an immense help to those who struggle with rigid doctrine (Vanhoozer is very orthodox), modern epistemology (this is canonical-linguistic theology), postmodern hermeneutics (Vanhoozer deals with the major players very well), or all of the above (I think evangelicals struggle with all). His writing is articulated well and is yet enjoyable to read. I highly recommend this weighty yet worthy volume.
Important work  Jun 13, 2007
What I'd like to add to what's been said so far is that Vanhoozer restates, not reinvents, theory of doctrine so as to make doctrine at every point a matter of both believing and doing as directed by doctrine. His approach is deeply redemptive-historical. This frame, the scriptural frame, allows him to think of doctrine as directive without giving up one inch to contemporary theology's attempt to reinvent key doctrines. This should be read and understood, i.e. dramatized (lived because Christianity is real), by all ministers.
Best book I've Read This Year!  Feb 12, 2007
Vanhoozer's Drama of Doctrine, is a sweeping reconceptualization of Christian doctrine using the metaphor of drama. In an age when many pastors and theologians believe doctrine to be irrelevant or even divisive and dangerous; Vanhoozer's project cuts like a laser to reveal the importance, purpose, and practicality of biblical doctrine for the 21st century church. According to Vanhoozer, doctrine expounds to the church the Divine drama of the canonical scriptures in a way that allows the church to act in that continuing drama. Doctrine teaches us to improvise fittingly in the continuing Divine drama. As Vanhoozer puts it, "Canonical-linguistic theology attends both to the drama in the text--what God is doing in the world through Christ--and to the drama that continues in the church as God uses Scripture to address, edify, and confront its readers" (17). While this book is long, it is worthy of a wide reading by pastors, theologians, and churchmen and women around the world.
Something else, for a change  Oct 13, 2006
I gotta warn you, there's nothing like this book nowhere nohow. It's a grand slam tour de force of a work. Great art, great theology, great spiritual/character formation stuff all packed in one volume.
All you Arminianists out there who have lost your way in all the drivel, I dare you to give this a try. It'll really stretch your brain.
Stuffy doctrine must go!  Sep 14, 2006
This book should jolt both liberals & evangelicals. Vanhoozer favourably quotes sociologist of religion, Jack Wolfe, who nails down what the church is facing: "Evangelical churches lack doctrine because they want to attract new members. Mainline churches lack doctrine because they want to hold on to those declining numbers of members they have" (cited on p. xii). The great strength of this book is the call to marry the teaching of biblical doctrine with living it personally and in church life. If his treatment is followed, it should deal with the disease that teaches doctrine in a "dry as dust" form.
Some may find it difficult to adjust to the redefinition of theological categories: "This book sets forth new metaphors for theology (dramaturgy), Scripture (the script), theological understanding (performance), the church (the company), and the pastor (director)" (p. xii).
I'd recommend this book to thoughtful pastors and laity who may have forgotten their responsibility to teach sound/healthy doctrine (I Tim. 4:6; 6:3; Titus 1:9; 2:1). I hope the book's length (488pp) does not deter them.

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