Purpose-Directed Theology: Getting Our Priorities Right in Evangelical Conversations

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-10-01
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr

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When the stakes are high, evangelicals don't often engage each other well.How should evangelicals grapple with controversial issues? What methods and principles should direct theological conversations, especially when evangelicals from various backgrounds come together? These are the questions Darrell Bock addresses in this important and thoughtful book.Setting his discussion "somewhere between modernism and postmodernism," Bock proposes a way through the philosphical maze. He addresses the concern for theological boundaries but also emhasizes the need to take into account the differing purposes for evangelical denominational and interdenominational institutions, especially scholarly organizations such as the Evangelical Theological Society. Most important, Bock recalls the church's scholars to their mandate for cultural engagement. He warns against diverting our efforts by putting too much energy into intramural controversies and identifies areas of potential cultural impact now opening up to evangelical scholarship. Written by a concerned, informed and visionary leader, this is a book for all those concerned about evangelical theology, scholarship and the church with its missional mandate.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7(6)
Prolegomena on Controversy in Evangelicalism and a Purpose-Directed Theology
An Appeal for Metanarrative, Critical Realism and a Biblical Foundationalist Approach
On Boundaries and History That Inform the Evangelical Movement
Where We Stand Today
Evangelicalism's Need to Preserve Different Types of Organizations
Where Should We Be Going?
Jesus Studies and Other Examples in Moving Toward Cultural Impact
On Pursuing Truth in a Contentious Area in a Public-Square Institution
The Current Issue of Openness in Such a Purpose-Directed Context
A Purpose-Directed Evangelicalism and a Call to Mission Beyond Our Internal Debates
Names Index 115

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