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Let's Do Theology
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PART I: DESCRIBING THE PROCESS; Chapter 1: Transforming Theology; Chapter 2: A New Way to Do Theology; PART II: THE FOUR PHASES; Chapter 3: Starting from Experience; Chapter 4: Exploring; Chapter 5: Reflecting; Chapter 6: Responding; PART III: THINKING IT THROUGH; Chapter 7: Challenging implications; Chapter 8: Other Styles of Theologising; Chapter 9: Spirituality ~ Where will we find God?; Appendix: Survey of Sub-disciplines; Selected bibliography and contact addresses.

About the Author

As one of the longest serving bishops in the present Church of England The Rt Revd Laurie Green, Bishop of Bradwell, has many bones to pick with the institution he serves. He has years of experience in parishes and running theological courses helping clergy and laity to engage in exciting contextual theology. Twice the author of a Church Times 'book of the year', his recent publications include 'The Impact of the Global - an urban theology' (Church House) and 'Urban Ministry and the Kingdom of God' (SPCK).

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st1\: *{behavior: url(#ieooui) }"'As a Dalit activist theologian I am amazed at Bishop Laurie's wealth of biblical and theological understanding. He challenges the western bias of traditional theology by explaining that every theology is contextual theology. The methodology he adpots helps every reader of this book participate with the author in 'doing' theology. He makes theology 'a tool for the transformation of our own lives and of the society we seek to serve'. This book is a 'must read'.'"Dr. P.Mohan Larbeer, Dalit activist theologian, Principal of Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, India st1\: *{behavior: url(#ieooui) }"'In reading the new edition of Laurie Green's "Let's Do Theology," I had three reactions again and again. I wished I had known about the first edition of this excellent resource over the previous twenty years, because I would have used it in many settings. Every seminarian should engage with this book, so they can bring this clear-minded and warm-hearted approach to theology to their local congregations in the coming generations.'"Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker (brianmclaren.net) st1\: *{behavior: url(#ieooui) }"'A tremendously encouraging book - especially for lay people! Ambitious academically and at the same time a challenge for individual and social life in a globalized world. In Laurie Green's book theory and practice are no longer seperated, as theology is brought back into the midst of our life - and things begin to change. Let's hope there will be a German translation soon!'"Dr. Hermann Duringer, Director of the Arnoldshain Protestant Academy, Germany"" st1\: *{behavior: url(#ieooui) }!--/* Font Definitions */@font-face{font-family: Georgia;panose-1:2 4 5 2 5 4 5 2 3 3;mso-font-charset:0;mso-generic-font-family: roman;mso-font-pitch: variable;mso-font-signature:647 0 0 0 159 0;}/* Style Definitions */p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal{mso-style-parent: "";margin:0cm;margin-bottom: .0001pt;mso-pagination: widow-orphan;font-size:12.0pt;font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";}@page Section1{size:612.0pt 792.0pt;margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt;mso-header-margin:36.0pt;mso-footer-margin:36.0pt;mso-paper-source:0;}div.Section1{page: Section1;} ""'A tremendously encouraging book - especially for lay people! Ambitious academically and at the same time a challenge for individual and social life in a globalized world. 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He challenges the western bias of traditional theology by explaining that every theology is contextual theology. The methodology he adpots helps every reader of this book participate with the author in 'doing' theology. He makes theology 'a tool for the transformation of our own lives and of the society we seek to serve'. This book is a 'must read'.'" Dr. P.Mohan Larbeer, Dalit activist theologian, Principal of Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, India st1\: *{behavior: url(#ieooui) } "'In reading the new edition of Laurie Green's "Let's Do Theology," I had three reactions again and again. I wished I had known about the first edition of this excellent resource over the previous twenty years, because I would have used it in many settings. Every seminarian should engage with this book, so they can bring this clear-minded and warm-hearted approach to theology to their local congregations in the coming generations.'" Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker (brianmclaren.net) st1\: *{behavior: url(#ieooui) } "'A tremendously encouraging book - especially for lay people! Ambitious academically and at the same time a challenge for individual and social life in a globalized world. In Laurie Green's book theory and practice are no longer seperated, as theology is brought back into the midst of our life - and things begin to change. Let's hope there will be a German translation soon!'" 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In Laurie Green's book theory and practice are no longer seperated, as theology is brought back into the midst of our life - and things begin to change. Let's hope there will be a German translation soon!'" Dr. Hermann Duringer, Director of the Arnoldshain Protestant Academy, Germany"" Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\: *{behavior: url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name: "Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow: yes; mso-style-parent: ""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: #0400; mso-fareast-language: #0400; mso-bidi-language: #0400;} "'Laurie Green's experience as teacher, pastor and agent for God's change informs every page of this accessible and challenging book ... a new and extensively revised edition which makes full use of developments in theological reflection and cultural understanding in the last two decades, and it retains all its freshness, insight and sheer groundedness in the reality of God's people working for God's Kingdom.'" Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury 'A practical book, accessible and direct... a significant resource for all those engaged in leadership and learning, lay and ordained, within the community of faith.' --Sanford Lakoff I recommend Green's text for local leaders of faith and communities just beginning their explorations in this vital area of ministry and faith community building.--Sanford Lakoff '"Accessible theology" might seem like a contradiction. Surely theology is a discipline for the professional specialist. It's not, as Bishop Laurie Green shows us in his marvellous book. Take a look. Theology is how we talk, think and act in relation to God and our neighbour. Its use is not to argue about "hot button" controversies but as a way to make sense of the mundane events of daily life. Bishop Green wants "Theology to become a tool for the transformation of our own lives and of the society we seek to serve." Laurie Green is a teacher and theologian but also a bishop with years of practical experience of pastoral care for thousands of people in city, rural and multi-cultural settings. He has written precisely for this purpose: to assist ordinary Christians find the words and framework to think and speak themselves about God in everyday life. St. Anselm, 11th C. Archbishop of Canterbury wrote about faith seeking understanding and proposed that each of us must explore our faith to the full capacity of our abilities. The First Letter of Peter tells us always to be prepared to give a reason for the hope that lies within us. Read this book. It is simple, direct, practical and wise. And make the connection between the best of our theological heritage and your own daily experience.' The Right Reverend Colin R. Johnson, Anglican Bishop of Toronto "Now a bishop in the Church of England, Green wrote the first edition in 1989 drawing on his 20 years of ordained ministry in Birmingham and his work with an educational psychologist. Writing for lay readers as well as seminary students, he describes a style of theology that pays close attention to the context. Central to his approach are the four phases of starting from experience, exploring, reflecting, and responding. Other topics include transforming theology, challenging implications, and other styles of theologizing." -Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc.

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