The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology
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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2004
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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.
S Lowery5 Stars Out Of 5October 16, 2009S LoweryVanhoozer's book explores how theology guides and shapes the Christian's efforts to live out their faith. This book is both challenging and exciting to read! One particularly fantastic aspect of this book is that Vanhoozer keeps reminding the reader of the role all believers have in thinking about and being a part of the divine theodrama. Theology is for all believers, whether professional theologians or not!
Steve Duby5 Stars Out Of 5July 22, 2008Steve DubyThe praises of McGrath, Tanner, and Webster featured on the back cover of this book are well-deserved. Vanhoozer demonstrates a depth of insight and creativity that ought to sharpen and inspire a great many Christian thinkers. His situating Scripture within the economy of God's redemptive engagement of humanity and his references to the canon as the "normative specification" of the gospel are refreshing ways of construing something of the nature of Scripture. From this vantage point, he offers a well-aimed critique of Lindbeck's regulative theory of doctrine, emphasizing that the ultimate theological authority is not the church's use of Scripture but rather God's use of Scripture. Yet Vanhoozer ceaselessly emphasizes that theological reflection on canonical teaching gives rise to more (not less) than assertions about certain features of reality. In his view doctrine also directs the people of God concerning how we may fittingly participate in the theo-drama unfolding in our midst. In turn, I think that this book may be a powerful tool to encourage pastors' to delve more deeply into theological reflection. Those who wish to benefit from this book will be obliged to learn to speak Vanhoozer's language (words and phrases like "canonical practices" and "performance interpretation" abound), but the effort will indeed be worthwhile!
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