Within the disciplines of religious studies, systematic theology, and practical theology there exists a divide between empirical and theological analyses of the church. Each volume in the cross-disciplinary series Studies in Ecclesiology and Ethnography attempts to address this gap by exploring the methodological and substantive issues that arise from both theological and empirical studies of the church's practices and social reality.
Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography, the inaugural volume in the series, proposes that if theology is to regain its relevance to the church today, theologians must utilize ethnographical tools in order to provide more accurate, disciplined research that is situated in real contexts. Using "ethnography" in its broadest sense -- encompassing any form of qualitative research -- this volume proposes that the church is both theological and social/cultural, which implies the need for a methodological shift for researchers in theology. Contributions from twelve scholar-practitioners lead the way forward.
Paul S. Fiddes
Nicholas M. Healy
Mary McClintock Fulkerson
Alister E. McGrath
Richard R. Osmer
Pete Ward is senior lecturer in youth ministry and theologicaleducation at King's College London. His other booksinclude Participation and Mediation: A PracticalTheology for the Liquid Church and MassCulture: The Interface of Eucharist and Mission.
"Indispensable . . . . This impressive roster of practical and systematic theologians have produced a seminal volume in interdisciplinary method that is much needed."
The Church of England Newspaper
"A work of practical theology that has a lot to teach pastors and anyone concerned about the mission of the church."