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Let's Do Theology: Resources for Contextual Theology; completely updated and revised (Laurie Green) Paperback Book, (Continuum, 2010) 9780826425515
Let's Do Theology: Resources for Contextual Theology; completely updated and revised (Laurie Green) Paperback Book, (Continuum, 2010) 9780826425515
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Title: Let's Do Theology: Resources for Contextual Theology; completely updated and revised

Author: Green, Laurie

Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2010

Paperback; ISBN: 9780826425515

Volumes: 1; Pages: 208

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This is an updated, new edition of a critically acclaimed set text on contextual Theological Method.

Let's Do Theology is an intensely practical book drawing examples from parish life and educational experience in the UK and overseas. It will describe how to strike the balance between unthinking but faithful action and careful theological reflection.

The book offers a proven method for contextual theology, with full analysis and radical critique. It enables ordinary women and men to take part in the theological enterprise (democratizing theology).




Chapter 1: Transforming Theology

- Why do theology?

- Participating in Theology

- Let's Do Theology!

- Living through exciting times:

1. Salvation and the Kingdom of God

2. All theology has context

3. Theology includes action

4. The question of power

5. God's concern for the marginalised

6. courageous spirituality

Chapter 2: A New Way to Do Theology

- Developing a method

- The Doing Theology Spiral

- Some Health warnings

- An African Example

- A British urban example

- Getting stuck

- Mind the Gap


Chapter 3: Starting from Experience

- Making the experience come alive

1. Getting to know the group

2. Discerning the Focus

3. Sharing First impressions

4. Explaining the process

5. Getting the best from the group

6. The Group

7. Personality differences

8. the Leadership

9. confidence building

10. Tools to encourage the theological process

a. Stating the Problem

b. Word-association

c. Keeping a record

d. Multi-media

Chapter 4: Exploring

1. From Anecdote to analysis

2. Using the analytical tools

3. Gathering analytical information

1. Gathering historical information

2. Gathering geographical information

3. Gathering social information

4. Gathering economic information

5. Discerning the culture

6. Religious factors

4. The exploration of ourselves

5. Making sense of the information

1. Looking for connections

2. Looking for causes

3. Looking for values

6. Celebrating the Group

Chapter 5: Reflecting

1. Challenge from the Christian tradition

2. [Why do theological reflection?]

3. The liberation of the imagination

4. a selection of set pieces

a. Biblical Approaches

i. Simple list

ii. The check list

iii. Bibliodrama

iv. Public enactment

v. Bible themes & characters

vi. Narrating the Bible

vii. Prepared questions

viii. Using art materials

5. Connecting with other Christian treasures

6. Making the connections

7. The Baby and the Bathwater

8. Checking our intuitions

9. Focusing the Vision

Chapter 6: Responding

1. Fulfilling the Dream

2. Knowing what is to be done

3. Criteria for selection

1. Importance and viability

2. Who will benefit?

3. Causes not symptoms

4. Who will be involved?

5. Will the response preach the gospel?

4. Aims and Strategies

5. Implementation

6. Dealing with our fears

7. Continuing round the spiral


Chapter 7: Challenging implications

1. The problem of hermeneutics

2. The question of authority

3. Who should do theology?

4. The People's Theologian

Chapter 8: Other Styles of Theologising

1. Styles determined by Role

i. Personal Walk with God

ii. Me and my Group

iii. Me in the Ministry

iv. The Church in Society

2. Styles determined by Learning Preference

i. The living human document

ii. Constructing Stories

iii. Acting out the Mind of Christ

iv. Living the Body of Christ

v. Speaking out about God

vi. Value-committed Action

vii. Theology with a local accent

3. Where Do I see God?

i. Treasure Hunt Theology

ii. God on the attack

iii. Planting the Gospel

iv. God in the Mix

v. The Praxis Model

4. Four criticisms

5. A Rule of Life

Chapter 9: Spirituality ~ Where will we find God?

1. A Rabbinic Story

a. Finding God where you are

b. Finding God in servanthood

c. Finding God at the edges

d. Finding God in the Issues

e. Finding God in repentance

f. Finding God in money, sex and power

2. Joys and Sorrows in the Spirit

a. Theology and self-sacrifice

b. Celebration with the struggle

3. Worship and prayer

4. The Practice of Prayer

5. Converting the Church

6. Church as Privileged Instrument of the Kingdom

Appendix: A survey of sub-disciplines usually considered to be the content of academic or conventional theology

Selected bibliography and contact addresses

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