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Overview Taken together, these essays bear a unity of conviction that arises from a clear and genuine spirit of inquiry. Non Christians will find this a helpful introduction to christian beliefs in everyday practice, and thoughtful christans will read it with the recognition that simple answers don't suffice.
Publishers Description A one-of-a-kind book in which several outstanding theologians use their expertise to examine everyday questions that Christians ask. Christians do not just believe; they think about what they believe. Moreover, they are not content with simple answers.
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Library Journal - 05/01/1998 page 108
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Studio: Trinity Press International
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1998
Publisher Trinity Press International
ISBN 1563382369 ISBN13 9781563382369
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More About Ronald F. Thiemann & William C. Placher
Ronald F. Thiemann is a professor of Theology and of Religion & Society at Harvard Divinity School. He is author of Toward an American Public Theology: The Church in a Pluralistic Culture (Westminster-John Knox Press, 1991) and Revelation and Theology: The Gospel as Narrated Promise (University of Notre Dame Press, 1985).
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Does this book really answer your questions? Nov 9, 2006
The book raises many important questions, from 'why are we here?' to 'why do the innocent suffer?' However, the individual chapters are inconsistent, uneven in quality, and on occasion, they really address questions for other chapters, but not their own.
It was difficult to know who the real audience of the book was. I would guess it was written for the educated layperson, rather than the specialist. However, some of the chapters are written with a rather academic style and approach that can be off-putting to the average non-seminarian.
The book could/should have had better editing. The only thing that links the chapters together is that all of the authors were students at Yale Divinity School. Each of them represents a different tradition or denomination within Christianity. Perhaps that is the strength of the book -- it has contributions from many different parts of the U.S. Christian community.
By far, the best part of the book is the suggestions for additional reading at the end of each chapter.
Theological depth and ready accessibility:a rare combination Jun 23, 1999
This book is an extraordinary find: a collection of theological essays that can be mined for equal profit by college and seminary students, church groups, and anyone interested in critically exploring how everyday life can be powerfully illuminated and reconfigured by the resources of the Christian tradition. Two features in particular distinguish this book and make it especially worthwhile. First is the clarity (and occasional elegance) of the writing -- no small feat considering the number of authorial voices and the depth of these compact essays. Identifying the book's second and most important virtue is a bit more complex. Organized around questions that might be asked by any reflective believer (and by others as well), the collection should prove inviting to non-specialist readers. Yet the essays don't condescend; rather they draw the thoughtful reader into a subtly sophisticated conversation about theology and the questions of our lives. Most remarkably, they do so while demonstrating a rich alternative to what might, too simply, be called a "correlationist" approach to theology. No prior systematic account of the human condition or human religiousness generates the chapter-title questions or orders the theological meditations prompted by them. Instead, each question is considered freshly by the theologian who takes it on. Although they spare readers arcane discussion of theological method (and cheerfully make ad hoc use of conceptual tools from various disciplines), the authors' diverse responses to the questions in fact make a cumulative case for the independent integrity and sense-making power of Christian affirmations and practices. (Here, one may surmise, is the legacy of the so-called "Yale school.") There's nothing else on the market quite like this book, at least as far as I can tell. I will use it with my own students. It's a pleasure to recommend it to others.