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Overview No useful atlas would ignore where people live---nor should spiritual road maps. In a time when academic theology often neglects the actual customs of Christian communities, Practicing Theology seeks to bridge that gap. Edited by Miroslav Volf and Dorothy Bass, informative essays by 13 first-rate theologians from diverse traditions explore the relationship between Christian theology and practice in the daily lives, ministry, and education of believers.
In a time when academic theology often neglects the lived practices of the Christian community, this volume seeks to bring balance to the situation by showing the dynamic link between the task of theology and the practices of the Christian life.
The work of thirteen first-rate theologians from several cultural and Christian perspectives, these informed and informative essays explore the relationship between Christian theology and practice in the daily lives of believers, in the ministry of Christian communities, and as a needed focus within Christian education.
Contributors: Dorothy C. Bass Nancy Bedford Gilbert Bond Sarah Coakley Craig Dykstra Reinhard Hutter L. Gregory Jones Serene Jones Amy Plantinga Pauw Christine Pohl Kathryn Tanner Miroslav Volf Tammy Williams
Awards and Recognitions Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life by Miroslav Volf & Dorothy C. Bass has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christianity Today Book Award - 2003 Winner - Award of Merit category
Citations And Professional Reviews Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life by Miroslav Volf & Dorothy C. Bass has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 02/15/2002 page 151
Christian Century - 05/22/2002 page 40
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2001
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802849318 ISBN13 9780802849311
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More About Miroslav Volf & Dorothy C. Bass
Miroslav Volf (DrTheol, University of TUbingen) is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and founding director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture in New Haven, Connecticut. He has written more than twenty books, including A Public Faith, Public Faith in Action, and Exclusion and Embrace (winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Religion and selected among the one hundred best religious books of the twentieth century by Christianity Today). Matthew Croasmun (PhD, Yale University) is associate research scholar and director of the Life Worth Living Program at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He is also staff pastor at the Elm City Vineyard Church.
Miroslav Volf currently resides in the state of California. Miroslav Volf has an academic affiliation as follows - Biblijsko-Teoloski Institut, Zagreb.
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Understanding why we do what we do Oct 24, 2005
This is a book that I was almost guaranteed to love, and it did not disappoint. Among the authors are some of my favourite practical theologians from my seminary days (Miroslav Volf and Dorothy Bass, Craig Dykstra, Serene Jones, Kathryn Tanner, and L. Gregory Jones) as well as some voices who were new to me, but have are very welcome additions to my ongoing theological education. I am a firm believer that education should never stop; just because I have finished seminary does mean that I should finish reading, exploring, and learning new things - in fact, I feel exactly the opposite; because I no longer have the guidance of professors and fellow classmates, it becomes all the more imperative that I find the resources with which to continue. This book is one of those resources.
Dorothy Bass is the editor of the very first book I read in seminary: 'Practicing Our Faith'. That book is a collection of essays about specific Christian practices, and it is on my regular 're-read' list (this was not too difficult to accomplished, as I helped teach in the class that uses that book at my seminary, so almost each year I would end up reading the book again with the new class). This book has a similar feel to that book, but approaches things in a more theologically reflective manner. While the former book approached practices from a standpoint of how they could be incorporated into a Christian lifestyle, they did not delve deeply into the underlying beliefs or processes by which one comes to understanding and identify practices as being authentic, appropriate and worthy of incorporation.
This book does that task well. It looks theological methods and process from a variety of levels, and from a variety of voices. All of the contributing authors have a stake in the academic education process, but all also recognize the importance of making their meaning applicable and accessible to those outside the halls of seminaries and universities. Practices such as healing, hospitality, discernment and building community are all involved as theological frameworks such as liberation, feminist theology, and other forms are explored.
Dorothy Bass begins her introduction with the same question that Miroslav Volf begins his essay - it is a question that resonates with me both in my own life and in my teaching: 'What does that have to do with real life?' I am very familiar with this question because I got that question repeatedly in the theology classes I taught (as well as the algebra classes I tutor at the local community college). This book is an excellent guide toward connecting what we do as practices with the underlying questions of why we do what we do and what difference it makes, not only that we do what we do, but our understanding of what we're doing when we do it.