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|Title: Advancing Practical Theology: Critical Discipleship for Disturbing Times|
By: Eric Stoddart
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: SCM Press
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 5.00 (inches)|
Weight: 2 pounds
Stock No: WW051916
Eric Stoddart argues that it is time to shake the debate up, so that it does not only consist of discussions around the bible and practical theology, and the discipline's relationship with systematic theology, but to extend and grow the vision of what practical theology is and can be.
This is a remarkable book - keen, perceptive, and fiercely honest. Eric Stoddart writes from the depths of lived experience, and with all the particularity of his Scottish ecclesial heritage, to advance a way of doing theology which is resolutely and rigorously practical. Here is an ambitious manifesto for a practical theology which is radically coming of age.
'In Advancing Practical Theology, Eric Stoddart beautifully displays his rare talent. He breathes life into the dry bones of methodological discussion through a judicious and deeply engaging use of humour, personal narrative, deft unpacking of complex theories, and highly illuminating case studies. Running through Stoddard's fascinating forays into the nature and method of the discipline is a crucially important theme: practical theology is not only analysis of practice, but much more fundamentally engagement with what it means to be Christian in interpersonal and socio-political contexts."
Eric Stoddart has done the practical theology 'imagined community' a great service by recalling us to a radical commitment. Using his personal story and a story of 'shared praxis' (the coming independence vote in Scotland), he grounds the understanding of practical theology in a complex network of contexts, experiences and traditions. He challenges the too easy and comfortable world which even practical theologians may inhabit, calling us to a more critical discipleship. This is a book which will set the cat among the pigeons.
Stoddart's methodology and writing style are quite deliberate, as he endeavors to embody the very practices of the discipline of practical theology he hopes to espouse.
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