A ground-breaking contribution to current debates within Practical Theology and to thinking about its future.Professor Forrester argues that the boundaries of Practical Theology must be extended, and that it must be both seriously theological, and also engaged in sincere dialogue with other disciplines, the Church and society. He considers especially ministerial formation and Public Theology as areas where Practical Theology has an important contribution to make, and presents case studies looking at the practical implications of different approaches.
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About the Author
Duncan B. Forrester is Emeritus Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology in the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Table of Contents
Section One: Practical Theology, A Contradiction in Terms?
What is Practice?
Theory and Practice
Practical Theology as an Academic Discipline
Practical Theology and Christian Ethics
Section Two: Issues in Church and Ministry
Power and Pastoral Care
Section Three: Public Theology
Public Practical Theology
The Public Church Reborn
The Public Theology of a Servant People
Section Four: Diversities of Practice
Reformed Radical Orthodoxy: Can It Be Retrieved?
Ecumenical Practice: Reflections on Ecclesiology and Ethics
The Practice of Mission: An Indian Case Study