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Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology (Kevin J Vanhoozer) Paperback Book, (Westminster John Knox, 2005) 9780664223274
Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology (Kevin J Vanhoozer) Paperback Book, (Westminster John Knox, 2005) 9780664223274
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Title: The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology

Author: Vanhoozer, Kevin J

Publisher: Westminster John Knox; Publication Date: 2005

Paperback; ISBN: 9780664223274

Volumes: 1; Pages: 488

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Observing a strange disappearance of doctrine within the church, Kevin Vanhoozer argues that there is no more urgent task for Christians today than to engage in living truthfully with others before God. He details how doctrine serves the church--the theater of the gospel--by directing individuals and congregations to participate in the drama of what God is doing to renew all things in Jesus Christ. Taking his cue from George Lindbeck and others who locate the criteria of Christian identity in Spirit-led church practices, Vanhoozer relocates the norm for Christian doctrine in the canonical practices, which, he argues, both provoke and preserve the integrity of the church's witness as prophetic and apostolic. ContentsIntroduction: the way of truth; the stuff of life 1 The gospel as theo-drama: the divine voice and actor 2 Theology in the theo-drama: the human voice and actor 3 The nature of doctrine: a dramatic proposal 4 Word and church: the canon as covenant document 5 Scripture and tradition: two (or more) kinds of performance interpretation 6 Jesus, spirit, church: scripture and tradition in theo-dramatic perspective 7 The work of the spirit in the practices of the canon 8 Theology as dramaturgy 9 The canonical-linguistic approach, part one: Scientia 10 The canonical-linguistic approach, part two: Sapientia 11 Doctrine, role, vocation: the actors prepare 12 Doctrine and the church: the company of the gospel Conclusion: creeds, confessions, and the pastor/director: doctrine and theology in the theater of congregational action Reviews"Kevin Vanhoozer is emerging as one of the most significant younger theological voices of our generation. This book will consolidate that reputation still further. It is a magisterial treatment of the origins and nature of doctrine, worthy to be ranked alongside George Lindbeck's classic The Nature of Doctrine. It is essential reading for all concerned with the nature and future of doctrine."--Alister McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology, Oxford University, Director, Oxford Centre for Evangelism and Apologetics "A powerful methodological rethinking of Scripture, doctrine, and Christian practice in dramatic and performative terms. Vanhoozer helpfully reworks a cultural-linguistic model so as to give greater authority to the Bible and make clear the fallibility of the church."--Kathryn Tanner, Professor of Theology, University of Chicago Divinity School "Vigorously argued, immersed both in Scripture and in the literatures of theology and philosophical hermeneutics, overflowing with provocative ideas, this is a book that draws upon and furthers the contemporary renaissance of Christian doctrine. For anyone wanting to discover lively and generously orthodox Christian theology, this will be an excellent place to begin."--John Webster, Professor of Systematic Theology at King's College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
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