In this richly collaborative work, five distinguished scholars examine the oft-neglected embodied practical wisdom that is essential for true theological understanding and faithful Christian living. After first showing what Christian practical wisdom is and does in several real-life situations, the authors tell why such practical wisdom matters and how it operates, exploring reasons behind its decline in both the academy and the church and setting forth constructive cases for its renewal.
Dorothy C. Bass is director emerita of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith.
Kathleen A. Cahalan is professor of theology at Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota.
Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture at Vanderbilt University.
James R. Nieman is president of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Christian B. Scharen is vice president of applied research at Auburn Theological Seminary, New York.
Harvard Divinity School
"A beautifully written and much-needed exploration of Christian practical wisdom from a trusted group of theological educators. These five friends narrate their own imaginative, embodied attempts to live attuned to the presence of God and the needs of their neighbors and help us imagine how we might recover Christian practical wisdom in ways large and small in our own lives. . . . This is a challenging, graceful call to live wisely with and for each other."
Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
"What do dancing, imagining, and collaborating have to do with gaining a heart of wisdom in what Charles Taylor calls a secular age? This creative and compelling case for Christian practical wisdom practices what it preaches. The authors show and tell how a more holistic kind of knowing beyond academic expertise is essential to an authentic and living theology."
Mary C. Boys
Union Theological Seminary, New York City
"Christian Practical Wisdom invites its readers to ponder deeply and live with greater intentionality. This substantive and beautifully composed book deserves to be read slowly, allowing the authors insights to take root and germinate. May their learned experience and religious depth enrich all who read this magnificent text."
University of Chester
"This book is a very important intervention into the debate about practical wisdom. We have long anticipated the potential of this term for scholars, educators, and practitioners alike, but this is one of the first attempts to address practical wisdom in an integrated fashion. A bold and innovative study that will enrich and revitalize practical theology."
John D. Witvliet
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
"Offering a robust and illuminating evocation of practical wisdom or know-how from a Christian theological perspective, this volume not only describes practical wisdom but also demonstrates it through the synergistic collaboration of five gifted theological educators. . . . An ideal book for anyone who wants to both study and grow in the practice of Christian wisdom."