Doing Contextual Theology

Doing Contextual Theology

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by Angie Pears
     
 

ISBN-10: 041541704X

ISBN-13: 9780415417044

Pub. Date: 10/22/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Christian theology, like all forms of knowledge, thinking, and practice, arises from and is influenced by the context in which it is done. In Doing Contextual Theology, Angie Pears demonstrates the radically contextual nature of Christian theology by focusing on different forms of liberation theology:

Latin American liberation theologies

Black

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Overview

Christian theology, like all forms of knowledge, thinking, and practice, arises from and is influenced by the context in which it is done. In Doing Contextual Theology, Angie Pears demonstrates the radically contextual nature of Christian theology by focusing on different forms of liberation theology:

Latin American liberation theologies

Black theologies

Feminist informed theologies

Sexual theologies

Body theologies.

Pears analyses how each of these asserts a clear and persistent link to the Christian tradition whilst employing often radical approaches to many aspects of Christian belief, practice, and organization. This book explores the relationship between local, contextual, experiential-based theologies and the Christian tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415417044
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/22/2009
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

1 The contextual nature of theology 7

What does it mean to speak of Christian theology as contextual? 8

Robert Schreiter: Constructing Local Theologies 10

Stephen Bevans: Models of Contextual Theology 20

Bevans' proposals of the use of models 23

Translation model 24

Anthropological model 25

Praxis model 26

Synthetic model 28

Transcendental model 28

Countercultural model 30

The Blackwell Reader in Pastoral and Practical Theology - differentiating between and comparing contextual theology and practical theology 31

Emmanuel Lartey 'Practical Theology as a Theological Form' 38

Edward Farley 'Interpreting Situations: An Inquiry into the Nature of Practical Theology' 40

Sigurd Bergmann: God in Context: A Survey of Contextual Theology 41

Conclusion 49

2 Starting from base: The roots of contemporary liberation theology in Latin America 50

Pedagogy of the oppressed 50

Latin American liberation theologies 53

Historical overview - setting the context for theological revolution 53

Latin America in the 1950s and 1960s 59

The Second Vatican Council 61

Medellín 63

The liberation theology of Gustavo Gutierrez 64

Ecclesial base communities 76

Liberation theology as contextual theology 76

3 Gender matters: Feminist informed theologies 79

Early Christian feminist encounters 80

Reforming Christianity 88

Feminist informed theologies by 1979 94

The diversification of feminist informed theologies 96

Context, experience and feminist informed theologies 96

Feminist informed Christian theologies in the early 2000s 100

Feminist informed theologies as contextual theologies ofliberation 106

4 Further contexts of liberation 110

The multiplicity of liberation theologies 110

Black theologies 111

Body theologies, sexual theologies and queer theologies 117

Indecent theology 123

Promises and failures of liberation theologies as contextual theologies 131

5 Postcolonial theologies 133

Origins and background to postcolonial theory 133

What is postcolonial theory? 135

Postcolonialism and theological discourse and action 143

Postcolonial theory and biblical studies 143

Shifts towards postcolonial discourses in biblical studies 145

Postcolonial theology from the colonies 163

Postcolonial theology as contextual theology 164

6 Contextuaiity in critical perspective 166

All theology is contextual 168

Preference in theology 168

Narrow understandings of context 170

Fluidity and reflexivity: The challenge to liberation theologies 171

Contextuaiity, tradition and identity 173

Conclusion 178

Bibliography 180

Index 186

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