Thinking Theologically

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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Fortress Pr
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Preachers are not simple representatives of a particular theological world. Each preacher manifests characteristics that arise from that person's particular approach to life, theology, and preaching. Rather than teaching how one can preach theology or deal with particular theological issues from the pulpit, Ronald J. Allen shows how preaching is informed by the preacher's own theology.A valuable introduction to preaching, Thinking Theologically does not advocate for, nor is it written from, a particular theological stance. Rather it provides historical background and explores major theological perspectives so that preachers can grasp their own understanding of authority, the Bible, the relationship of God to the sermon, and the purpose of the sermon.Finally, the book illustrates the unique characteristics of sermons preached from a particular theological viewpoint and shows what is gained and lost in each approach. Each chapter features a brief bibliography for further reading in its topic area.

Author Biography

Ronald J. Allen is the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Preaching and New Testament at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.

Table of Contents

Theology and preachingp. 3
Theology shapes preachingp. 4
Historic theologies still shape preachingp. 9
The Enlightenmentp. 17
Theological movements in the Enlightenment traditionp. 23
Liberal theology and preachingp. 24
Theology of mutual critical correlation and preachingp. 29
Process theology and preachingp. 36
Theological movements that react against the Enlightenmentp. 43
Evangelical theology and preachingp. 44
Neoorthodox theology and preachingp. 49
Postliberal theology and preachingp. 54
Other theologies and preachingp. 59
Theological movements arising from contextual concernsp. 69
Liberation theologies and preachingp. 70
Ethnic theologies and preachingp. 79
Reprisep. 87
Comparing key motifs in different theological familiesp. 89
Correlating historical and contemporary theological familiesp. 90
Notesp. 91
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