In Between God: Theology, Community, and Discipleship

In Between God: Theology, Community, and Discipleship

by Stephen Pickard


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In-Between God explores three important areas for contemporary Christianity: theology, community and discipleship. Part One inquires into the rhythms of faith as it interacts with themes of uncertainty and doubt, the nature of theological discourse, the task of systematic theology, evangelism and the various ways in which theology is done. Part Two discusses the importance of place in relation to the church, and themes of innovation, undecideability and new forms of monastic community. Part Three addresses themes in discipleship: simplicity, mysticism, the passions and pilgrimage. A red thread connecting these essays is the character of the triune God who is the energy and life in between all things.

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ISBN-13: 9781921817106
Publisher: ATF Press
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Stephen Pickard is an Australian Anglican theologian and was formerly Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Adelaide. He is currently Visiting Professorial Fellow and Director of the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology, Ripon Theological College, Cuddesdon, Oxford. His book, Theological Foundations for Collaborative Ministry was published by Ashgate, UK in 2009.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements vii

Chapter 1 Seeding Communities of the In-Between God 1

Part 1 Theology: Seeking the Rhythms of Faith

Chapter 2 Uncertainty, Religion and Trust 15

Chapter 3 Trinitarian Dynamics of Belief 33

Chapter 4 A Future for Systematic Theology 49

Chapter 5 The Ways of Theology: Insights from the Antipodes 73

Chapter 6 Evangelism and Theology in Dialogue 107

Part 2 Church: Finding Community in a Disturbed World

Chapter 7 Recovering an Ecclesial Sense of Place Down-under 133

Chapter 8 Innovation, Undecidability and Patience 153

Chapter 9 New Monasticism, Theology and the Future Church 173

Part 3 Discipleship: Pilgrims on a Common Journey

Chapter 10 Discipleship and Divine Simplicity: A Conversation with Karl Barth 193

Chapter 11 The Mystical Way for a New Age: William Law as a Test Case 205

Chapter 12 The Passions: A Cautionary Note for Disciples 227

Chapter 13 Unfinished Emmaus Journey: Discipleship for Pilgrims 251

Index of Biblical References 263

Index of Names 267

Index of Subjects 271

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