The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion, Band 73 1. Aufl.
Through a series of essays contributed by leading experts in the field, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology presents an introduction to practical theology as a major area of Christian study and practice, including an overview of its key developments, themes, methods, and future directions. The first comprehensive reference work to provide a survey, description and analysis of practical theology as an area of study A range of leading scholars in the field provide original contributions on the major areas, issues, and figures in practical theology Reviews an extensive range of methods for studying theology in practice, along with sub-disciplines in theological education such as pastoral care and preaching Covers developments in the discipline in a range of global contexts and distinct Christian traditions Shows how practical theology is relevant to everyday life
Notes on Contributors xi Introduction: The Contributions of Practical Theology 1 Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore Part I Way of Life: Shaping Faith among Believers in Home and Society 21 1 Suffering 23 Pamela Cooper-White 2 Healing 32 Susan J. Dunlap 3 Playing 42 Jaco Hamman 4 Eating 51 Dorothy C. Bass 5 Loving 61 Herbert Anderson 6 Consuming 70 Katherine Turpin 7 Blessing 80 Christian Scharen Part II Method: Studying Theology in Practice in Library and Field 89 8 Case Study Method 91 Daniel S. Schipani 9 Psychological Theory 102 Lee H. Butler, Jr. 10 Hermeneutical Theory 112 Sally A. Brown 11 Quantitative Method 123 Hans Schilderman 12 Congregational Studies 133 James R. Nieman 13 Ritual Theory 143 Edward Foley 14 Social Policy 153 Pamela D. Couture 15 The Use of Scripture 163 Paul Ballard 16 Poetics 173 Heather Walton 17 Emancipatory Theory and Method 183 Nancy J. Ramsay 18 Feminist Theory 193 Elaine Graham 19 Womanist Theory 204 Evelyn L. Parker 20 Narrative Approaches 214 R. Ruard Ganzevoort 21 Ethnography 224 Mary Clark Moschella 22 Participatory Action Research 234 Elizabeth Conde-Frazier 23 Theories of Practice 244 Ted A. Smith 24 Action Theories 255 Robert Mager Part III Curriculum: Educating for Ministry and Faith in Classroom, Congregation, and Community 267 25 Pastoral Care 269 Barbara McClure 26 Homiletics 279 John S. McClure 27 Worship 289 Don E. Saliers 28 Religious Education 299 Carol Lakey Hess 29 Religious Leadership 308 Michael Jinkins 30 Evangelism 318 Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr. 31 Spirituality 328 Claire E. Wolfteich 32 Ethics 337 Miguel A. De La Torre 33 Contextual Education 347 Emily Click 34 Systematic Theology 357 Mary McClintock Fulkerson 35 Historical Theology 367 James M. Brandt 36 Biblical Theology 377 Michael Joseph Brown 37 Integration in Theological Education 386 Kathleen A. Cahalan Part IV Discipline: Defining History and Context in Guild and Global Setting 397 Section 1: Issues, Contexts, and Perspectives 399 38 Race and Racism 401 Dale P. Andrews 39 Gender, Sexism, and Heterosexism 412 Jeanne Hoeft 40 Globalization, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism 422 Melinda McGarrah Sharp 41 Economics, Class, and Classism 432 Joyce Ann Mercer 42 Disability, Ableism, and Disablism 443 John Swinton 43 Religious Pluralism and Christian-Centrism 452 Kathleen J. Greider Section 2: Global Developments 463 44 Continental Europe 465 Friedrich Schweitzer 45 Britain 475 Zoë Bennett 46 French Canada 485 Solange Lefebvre 47 The United States 495 Richard R. Osmer 48 South Africa 505 Jaco S. Dreyer 49 West Africa 515 Daisy N. Nwachuku 50 Brazil 525 Valburga Schmiedt Streck 51 South Korea 534 Meerha Hahn 52 Australia and Oceania 544 Gerard V. Hall Section 3: Traditions 555 53 Mainline Protestantism 557 Gordon S. Mikoski 54 Roman Catholicism 567 Lynn Bridgers 55 Protestant Evangelicalism 577 Charles J. Scalise 56 Pentecostalism 587 Mark J. Cartledge Index of Subjects 596 Index of Names 619
“The energy, organization, intelligence, and wisdom of the editor have borne fruit in this very splendid book. It deserves to be widely read and used.” (Reviews Religion & Theology, 7 April 2015) “The first comprehensive reference work to provide a survey, description and analysis of practical theology as an area of study.” (Native American Encyclopedia, 20 December 2013) “This Companion has wide scope … and is surely the most definitive definition of what practical theology entails to date … An important addition to the shelves of those who teach practical theology or ministers as well as those engaged in the ministry themselves ... [It] offers a new way of seeing the subject, with sets of essays that are informative, novel, and take theology in new directions.” (Regent's Reviews, 2012) “This edited collection is a showcase presenting how contemporary scholarship of practical theology has been developed into a wide concept of practical theology ... For those who are interested in teaching Christian theology from a practical theological perspective, this book will be a useful reference.” (Homiletic Journal, 2012) “Miller-McLemore, a leader in the field, has edited an excellent handbook on Christian practical theology. Though the essays are short, they provide excellent overviews of the various topics and, more important, helpful bibliographies for students who wish to explore certain topics further … Libraries supporting curricula in Christian theology and ministry should acquire this good introduction to the field. It is essential for acquisition for seminary libraries ... Recommended: upper-level undergraduates and above.” (Choice, 2012)
Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Pastoral Theology at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion. Winner of a prestigious Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology award, she is a national and international leader in pastoral and practical theologies and widely recognized for research on families, women, and children. Her publications include Feminist and Womanist Pastoral Theology (1999) and an upcoming collection of essays, Christian Theology in Practice: Discovering a Discipline (2012).
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology offers a comprehensive introduction to practical theology as a major area of Christian study and practice, including an overview of its key developments, themes, methods, and future directions. There has been a remarkable growth in scholarship surrounding practical theology in recent years. Contributions by distinguished theologians from around the world reflect this growth. Their insightful essays clarify the myriad emerging uses and contributions of practical theology, including an expansion of the analysis of practical knowledge and lived religion in ministerial study, in the study of religion and theology, and in the wider public. In a path-breaking move to clarify a complex term, the volume is organized around four distinct meanings of practical theology: anactivity of believers seeking to sustain a life of reflective faith, a method of understanding theology in practice by religious leaders, a curricular area in theological education, and an academic discipline pursued by scholars. With its combined organizational clarity and scholarly authorship, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology not only strengthens the discipline of practical theology but gives scholars in other areas and religious leaders in different settings fresh tools to understand the dynamics of theology as a living reality and the knowledge that evolves out of religious practice.
‘This Companion has wide scope. It has fifty-six chapters […] and is surely the most definitive definition of what practical theology entails to date […A]n important addition to the shelves of those who teach practical theology or ministers as well as those engaged in the ministry themselves.’—Regents Review ‘This edited collection is a showcase presenting how contemporary scholarship of practical theology has been developed into a wide concept of practical theology.’—Homiletic Journal
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