Explorations in Ecclesiology and Ethnography

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In Explorations in Ecclesiology and Ethnography Christian Scharen and several other contributors explore empirical and theological understandings of the church. Like the first volume in the Studies in Ecclesiology and Ethnography series, this second volume seeks to bridge the great divide between theological research and ethnography (qualitative research).

The book's wide-ranging chapters cover such fascinating topics as geographic habits of American evangelicals, debates over ...

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Overview

In Explorations in Ecclesiology and Ethnography Christian Scharen and several other contributors explore empirical and theological understandings of the church. Like the first volume in the Studies in Ecclesiology and Ethnography series, this second volume seeks to bridge the great divide between theological research and ethnography (qualitative research).

The book's wide-ranging chapters cover such fascinating topics as geographic habits of American evangelicals, debates over difficult issues like homosexuality, and responses to social problems like drug abuse and homelessness. The contributors together model a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach, with fruitful results that will set a new standard for ecclesiological research.

Contributors:
Christopher Brittain Helen Cameron Henk De Roest Paul Fiddes Matthew Guest Roger Haight Harald Hegstad Mark Mulder Paul Murray James Nieman Christian B. Scharen James K. A. Smith John Swinton Pete Ward Clare Watkins

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802868640
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/16/2012
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Christian B. Scharen is assistant professor of worship and theology at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. His other books include Faith as a Way of Life and Public Worship and Public Work.
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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Introduction Christian B. Scharen 1

Part 1 On Congregations and the Church

1 On the Dynamic Relation between Ecclesiology and Congregational Studies James Nieman Roger Haight 9

2 Ecclesiology and Empirical Research on the Church Harold Hegstad 34

Part 2 On Congregations and Worship

3 Affirming Faith at a Service of Baptism in St. Aldates Church, Oxford Paul S. Fiddes Pete Ward 51

4 Epiphanic Sacramentality: An Example of Practical Ecclesiology Revisioning Theological Understanding Clare Watkins Helen Cameron 71

Part 3 On Congregations and Society

5 Understanding Religion Takes Practice: Anti-Urban Bias, Geographical Habits, and Theological Influences Mark T. Mulder James K. A. Smith 93

6 Ethnography as Ecclesial Attentiveness and Critical Reflexivity: Fieldwork and the Dispute over Homosexuality in the Episcopal Church Christopher Craig Brittain 114

7 On Discerning the Living Truth of the Church: Theological and Sociological Reflections on Receptive Ecumenism and the Local Church Paul D. Murray Mathew Guest 138

8 God at Street Level: Digging Up the Theological Identity of Pastoral Care among the Homeless and Drug Addicts Henk de Roest 165

Index 176

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