The Logic Of Renewalby William J. Abraham
Pub. Date: 12/08/2003
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
The Western church is currently awash in a sea of renewal movements - so much so that she is in danger of drowning. Across the church's many denominations and great theological divisions there is a persistent quest for change, reflected in repeated calls for "revival," "reform," revitalization," and "restoration." We now have so much literature on the topic that one… See more details below
The Western church is currently awash in a sea of renewal movements - so much so that she is in danger of drowning. Across the church's many denominations and great theological divisions there is a persistent quest for change, reflected in repeated calls for "revival," "reform," revitalization," and "restoration." We now have so much literature on the topic that one is hard-pressed to keep up with it, let alone evaluate it critically.
In The Logic of Renewal William Abraham helps church leaders and members get their bearings in the renewal debate by analyzing the most salient proposals for church renewal that have surfaced over the last fifty years. In successive chapters he pairs outspoken figures who (in all but one chapter) represent strongly contrasting convictions - James T. Draper and Dennis Bennett, Lesslie Newbigin and John Shelby Spong, Rosemary Radford Ruether and Cardinal Ratzinger, Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Romero, Alexander Schmemann and Gilbert Bilezikian, Don Cupitt and Edward Norman, C. Peter Wagner and R. R. Reno. Abraham gives special attention to the theological assumptions of each proposal, highlights its overall strengths and weaknesses, and develops his own proposals for church renewal through interaction with those under review.
Articulate, bracing, and constructive, The Logic of Renewal will redefine the way Christians think about church life.
WILLIAM J. ABRAHAM is Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. His other books include The Logic of Evangelism and The Coming Great Revival.
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Table of Contents
|1||The Logic of Renewal||1|
|2||Foundations and Food: James T. Draper and Dennis Bennett||9|
|3||A Tale of Two Bishops: Lesslie Newbigin and John Shelby Spong||25|
|4||Tensions in Rome: Rosemary Radford Ruether and Cardinal Ratzinger||45|
|5||Dying for Renewal: Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Romero||71|
|6||Trojan Horses from Paris: Alexander Schmemann and Gilbert Bilezikian||93|
|7||Postmodernity, or Death by One's Own Hand: Don Cupitt and Edward Norman||111|
|8||Quaking in the Ruins: C. Peter Wagner and R. R. Reno||133|
|9||Renewal and the Quest for Intellectual Integrity||153|
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