Monday, May 29, 2006

Article in Progress

From the Church, For the Church: Lesson in Theological Fomation from Postmodernity and Eighteenth-Century New England.

The moniker "article" may be a bit opptimistic, since no one has agreed to publish it yet. I've blogged on this before, but this is the mature version of my first full-length paper of this topic. Below is a brief abstract. It can be downloaded here.

The following paper will argue that the epistemic gains of postmodernity, particularly its appreciation of the interconnectedness between social location and theological formation, coupled with the example of eighteenth-century evangelicalism as typified by the New England legacy, suggests that contemporary evangelicalism is in need of a new breed of theologian—which (as we will see) really isn’t new at all. I will argue here that evangelical theology, though far more concerned with pragmatic and pietistic issues than its liberal counterpart, has become unduly balanced toward intramural academic concerns and is in need of theologians and scholars who work within the context of evangelical parish ministry. In short, I will argue for a renaissance of the pastoral theologian—a kind of theologian who formulates theology from within the social location of the local church and views theological issues through ecclesial lenses.

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