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Theological Literacy for the Twenty-First Century

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2002 / Paperback

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This book is a compendium of different perspectives by leading theological educators who write from their fields on what constitutes theological literacy in the twenty-first century. Structured around the key emphases that have shaped a traditional curriculum in theological education, these insightful essays explore the nature of theology, the role of theology in the modern academy, the practice of hermeneutics in today's context, the rhetoric of theology, and the future of theological education. Throughout their essays, the contributors specifically address or draw from a wide range of confessional stances, making this book valuable to readers from every church tradition.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0802849644
ISBN-13: 9780802849649
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Publisher's Description

This volume presents a compendium of different perspectives by leading theological educators on what constitutes theological literacy in the twenty-first century. Structured around the key emphases that have shaped a traditional curriculum in theological education, these insightful essays explore the nature of theology, theology and institutional expression, the practice of hermeneutics in today's context, the rhetoric of theology, and the future of theological education. Throughout their essays, the contributors specifically address or draw from a wide range of confessional stances, making this book valuable to readers from every church tradition.

Author Bio

Rodney Peterson is executive director of the Boston Theological Institute.

Editorial Reviews

Timothy George
"This book represents some of the best writing on the nature of theological thinking in the academy today. Drawing on classical and contemporary sources and cutting across many confessional traditions, these essays present substantive ecumenical discussions of the nature of theology, the life of the church, and the quest for the kind of deeper wisdom that we need in times like these."

Konrad Raiser
"The issue of theological literacy, including reflection about criteria for theological education, is one of the central concerns in ecumenical discussion at the beginning of the twenty-first century. This volume offers significant challenges and perspectives that should be taken seriously in the search for a new way of being the church in the context of global interdependence and religious plurality."

Diane C. Kessler
"This volume probes questions that have challenged the church from its origins. How can we teach the Christian faith in ways that honor text and context, that are true and timely, and that produce preachers who (to paraphrase Augustine) are prayers before they are speakers? The essayists use their wide and diverse range of experiences in theological education and ecclesial life to stimulate creative approaches to twenty-first-century challenges. Many of the writers are also well versed in ecumenical theory and practice, providing an added richness to their perspectives."

Richard V. Pierard
"This thoughtful collection of essays informs us of the great diversity of theological thinking today. Obviously, no person of deep convictions can or will agree with every perspective presented, but still one needs to know how others look at the great questions of theology. Grappling with the positions presented, accepting some and rejecting others, and gaining insight into thinking in a variety of communities and contexts will surely make one more theologically literate. Time spent with this volume will surely expand one's horizons."

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