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Public Theology for the 21st Century

By William Storrar, Andrew Morton

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Format: Paperback / softback, 488 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 April 2004
' ...a very significant moment in the history of public theology over the past fifty years or so, taking stock of and renewing a sense of social vision in theology ' Raymond Plant, King's College, London and the House of Lords This major book is a unique stocktaking of the issues facing public theology at the beginning of the 21st century, combining retrospect and prospect. The contributors are leading Christian theologians and social theorists from Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia. Part one surveys the legacy of the 20th century and asks what should be carried over into the third millennium. There are authoritative essays on political and public theology in Germany, Argentina, South Africa and Britain. In part two, the contested legacy of modernity itself is considered, revisiting such ideas as freedom, toleration, human rights, pluralism, environmental stewardship and God in history. Part three addresses globalization, offering a range of critical interpretations of this key concept for public theology in the 21st century. The final part offers theological and ethical insight into some of the most pressing public issues of the new century - medical ethics, punishment and forgiveness, inequality, social exclusion and political participation. Throughout, the authors engage with the public and theological concerns that have shaped the life and work of Duncan B. Forrester, to whom this book is dedicated. Public Theology for the 21st Century is a landmark publication for all those concerned about theology's contribution to public debate in the churches, the academy and society. William F. Storrar is Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh. Andrew R. Morton is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Divinity, and a former Associate Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh.

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William Storrar is Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, in the University of Edinburgh. Dr Andrew R. Morton is Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh.


Mention in review article by Linda Hogan (Irish School of Ecumenics), 'Public theology for the twenty-first century' -Mention. Theology Digest/ Vol.52 No. 3/ Fall 2005--, ' impressive and significant book...a surprisingly comprehensive overview of the entire field of "public theology," not only in the British context, but with contributions and insights from around the world...important...creative'--Sanford Lakoff "Church Times " -Mention. Theology Digest/ Vol. 52 No. 3/ Fall 2005--Sanford Lakoff

EAN: 9780567088925
ISBN: 0567088928
Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd
Dimensions: 23.32 x 15.85 x 2.95 centimetres (0.73 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Jorge Rebolledo on
This has got to be one of the best books on Public Theology that I have ever purchased. An absolute must for any bookshelf
Jorge Rebolledo on
This is one of the essential texts for anyone interested in or studying Public Theology. It now only brings together a number of leaders in the field of Public Theology but also does not cower from approaching and dealing with some of the most avant guard issues in the discipline.
It can be heavy going at times but is definatly a recommended text for ministers, pastors and students of contextual theologies.

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