Renewing the Center: Evangelical Theology in a Post-Theological Era

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Renewing the Center is an important foundational book for the emerging church. The second edition includes a new foreword by Brian McLaren and a new afterword from John Franke updating the book for the contemporary church scene.

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Overview

Renewing the Center is an important foundational book for the emerging church. The second edition includes a new foreword by Brian McLaren and a new afterword from John Franke updating the book for the contemporary church scene.

Praise for the first edition:
"Grenz has written a lively and engaging work that should help American evangelicals chart the challenging course of their theological future. He offers a balanced, carefully-argued, and lucid prescription for the way ahead. Accordingly, I highly recommend this book and hope that it receives the wide reading that it so richly deserves."—Kenneth J. Collins, author of The Evangelical Moment

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Editorial Reviews

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A leading voice among American theologians, Grenz (theology and ethics, Carey/Regent Coll., British Columbia) builds upon and advances the discussion begun in his Revisioning Evangelical Theology. The first four chapters explain the "three concentric circles of evangelical theological history": the Reformation, the Evangelical revival of the 18th century, and modern conservative evangelicalism. The second half of the book is devoted to the author's call for a critical appropriation of postmodern insights for evangelical theological tasks. Grenz rejects the present "two-party system" of an orthodox commitment to an "external definable, and transcendent authority" and the "progressive" commitment to "resymbolize historic faiths according to the prevailing assumptions of contemporary life." He calls for a "generous orthodoxy, read through the lenses of conservative piety" that is left without too detailed a definition but is doctrinal in orientation and focuses on the gospel of salvation by faith. Perhaps in his future studies Grenz will spell out more of what this means in terms of specific doctrines and actionable policies. Recommended for public and academic libraries--Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801031816
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley J. Grenz (DTheol, University of Munich) was the Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College in Vancouver, British Columbia. A leading voice on the North American theological scene, he wrote or cowrote over twenty-five books, including A Primer on Postmodernism, Created for Community, and Revisioning Evangelical Theology.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction: Evangelicalism in a Time of Transition 11
1 The Gospel and Awakening Evangelicalism 25
2 Scripture and the Genesis of the New Evangelicalism 53
3 The Shaping of Neo-Evangelical Apologetic Theology 85
4 The Expansion of Neo-Evangelical Theology 117
5 Evangelical Theology in Transition 151
6 Evangelical Theological Method after the Demise of Foundationalism 184
7 Theology and Science after the Demise of Realism 218
8 Evangelical Theology and the Religions 249
9 Evangelical Theology and the Ecclesiological Center 287
10 Renewing the Evangelical "Center" 325
Scripture Index 353
Author Index 355
Subject Index 361
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