The Fabric of Theology: A Prolegomenon to Evangelical Theology

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Author Biography

Richard Lents is associate professor of theologg at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Theology: Texts and Contexts
Preliminaries to Prolegomenap. 3
Introductionp. 3
The Nature and Purpose of a Theological Visionp. 12
Philosophical Assumptionsp. 19
The Face of Evangelicalism and the Task of Evangelical Theologyp. 29
Defining Evangelicalismp. 29
The Second Great Awakening and the Evangelical Empiresp. 32
The Fundamentals and the War with Modernismp. 38
Social Engagement and Adaptationp. 43
Identity and Independencep. 48
A Theological Patchwork Quiltp. 54
The Foundation of Theologyp. 57
Epistemological Gracep. 57
The Use of the Bible in Theologyp. 66
Stages of Reorientationp. 70
The Strange Unity of Two Authorsp. 74
Redemptive History and the Progress of Theologyp. 77
Concluding Commentsp. 78
The Trajectory of Theologyp. 81
Introductionp. 81
The Use of Tradition in Theologyp. 83
The Distant Pastp. 86
Antitraditionalismp. 87
Antitraditional Traditionalismp. 91
The Private Biblep. 92
The Parachurch Churchp. 93
Temporal Pietyp. 95
The Mean between Two Extremesp. 97
The Use of Culture in Theologyp. 101
The Power and Ambiguity of Culturep. 103
Modern Culturep. 106
Populist Culture and Popular Dissentp. 110
Theological Responsibilitiesp. 112
The Use of Reason in Theologyp. 117
Native and Cultural Rationalityp. 117
Irresistible Beliefsp. 121
Skepticism and Doubtp. 129
Internal and External Reasonp. 132
Theology: Past and Present
The Theological Pastp. 139
Introductionp. 139
The Magisterial Reformationp. 144
Martin Lutherp. 146
John Calvinp. 154
The Reformed Scholasticsp. 162
Jonathan Edwardsp. 171
Geerhardus Vosp. 181
The Theological Presentp. 191
Introductionp. 191
What Is Postmodern Theology?p. 193
The Cultural Setting of Postmodern Theologyp. 200
The Roots of Postmodern Theologyp. 204
The Enlightenment Legacy: The Critique of Authorityp. 204
The Enlightenment Legacy: The Critique of Purposep. 207
The Character of Postmodern Theologyp. 210
Ecclesial Authorityp. 213
Theological Realismp. 216
Epistemic Pragmatismp. 218
Theology as Hermeneuticp. 222
Evangelical and Postmodern Theologyp. 234
Theology and Publicnessp. 235
Theology and the Critique of Modernityp. 240
Theology and Pluralismp. 245
Theology and Liberationp. 250
Theology, Language, and the Biblep. 253
Conclusionp. 255
Theology: Frameworks and Visions
The Theological Nature of the Biblep. 259
Introductionp. 259
Redemptive Historyp. 262
Redemptive Revelationp. 265
Redemptive Theologyp. 268
Structure and Contentp. 270
Theological Narrativep. 274
Organic Unityp. 276
A Note on Methodp. 279
The Redemptive Theologianp. 281
Interpretive Expectationsp. 283
The Communityp. 286
The Redemptive Matrix: A Suggestionp. 287
From Biblical Text to Theological Frameworkp. 290
Sola Scripturap. 290
The Three Horizons of Redemptive Interpretationp. 293
The Textual Horizonp. 295
The Epochal Horizonp. 300
The Canonical Horizonp. 303
The Task of Mirroringp. 310
From Theological Framework to Theological Visionp. 312
Introductionp. 312
Theology and the Pieces of Culturep. 315
Theology and the Churchp. 318
Theology and Popular Culturep. 321
Theology and the Academyp. 327
Afterwordp. 335
Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 357
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