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Title: Renewing the Center: Evangelical Theology in a Post-Theological Era
Author: Grenz, Stanley J
Publisher: Baker Academic; Publication Date: 2007
Paperback; ISBN: 9780801031816
Edition: 2nd Volumes: 1; Pages: 384
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Renewing the Center has been an influential catalyst for many in the emerging and missional church scenes. With a new foreword by Brian McLaren and a new afterword from John Franke, the second edition updates the book for the contemporary church scene and shows how Stanley Grenz's theological insights continue to shape postmodern church movements.In this book, Grenz challenges evangelical Christians to take stock of their faith and its relationship to the world around them. According to the author, "The postmodern condition calls Christians to move beyond a polarity that knows only the categories of 'liberal' and 'conservative' and thus pits so-called conservatives against loosely-defined liberals. The way forward is for evangelicals to take the lead in renewing a theological 'center' that can meet the challenges of the postmodern--and in some sense post-theological--situation in which the church now finds itself."Grenz begins with a historical survey, considering the influence of two major strands within evangelicalism. He goes on to sketch a creative vision for a renewed evangelical theology that faces the intellectual challenges of its time. He further envisions an "evangelical center" through the establishment of a "generous orthodoxy" that enables the church to fulfill its mission in the world.Renewing the Center is an important book for professors and students of theology, pastors, and church leaders.