Fieldwork in Theology: Exploring the Social Context of God's Work in the World

Fieldwork in Theology: Exploring the Social Context of God's Work in the World

by Christian Scharen, James Smith (Editor)


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In this addition to the acclaimed The Church and Postmodern Culture series, leading practical theologian Christian Scharen examines the relationship between theology and its social context. He engages with social theorist Pierre Bourdieu to offer helpful theoretical and theological grounding to those who want to reflect critically on the faith and practice of the church, particularly for those undertaking ministry internships or fieldwork assignments. As Scharen helps a wide array of readers to understand the social context of doing theology, he articulates a vision for the church's involvement with what God is doing in the world and provides concrete examples of churches living out God's mission.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801049309
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Series: The Church and Postmodern Culture
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Christian Scharen (PhD, Emory University) is vice president of applied research at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City, New York. He has authored a number of books, including One Step Closer, and is the book review editor of Ecclesial Practices.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword James K.A. Smith
1. Fieldwork in Theology: Waking Up to the World God Loves
2. Rigorous Self-Reflection: Bachelard, Science, and Sin
3. Embodied Perception: Merleau-Ponty and the Incarnate Body
4. Practical Logic: Bourdieu and the Social Art of Improvisation
5. Surrendering to the Other: Wacquant and Carnal Sociology
Epilogue: Understanding as a Spiritual Exercise

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