JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser.

You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Click here for instructions on enabling javascript in your browser.

Cookie Consent
This site uses session cookies to personalise your browsing experience and to provide a secure shopping environment. We also use Google Analytics tracking cookies to provide data for the analysis of site traffic. Please click on the Accept button to accept cookies from this site.

For full details of the cookies that we use and your options for managing or refusing cookies, please visit our Cookie Policy page.

Contextual Theology:

The Drama of Our Times

By Paul Duane Matheny

Contextual Theology

Contextual Theology:

The Drama of Our Times

By Paul Duane Matheny

A challenging argument for a move away from Westernised models of Christendom, and for contextualising theological discourse in a diversity of cultures.

Trade Information: JPOD
Available as: Paperback, PDF

  • Share:
  • Share this title on Twitter
  • Share this title on Facebook
  • Share this title on Google+

Print Paperback

ISBN: 9780227680124

Specifications: 229x153mm (9x6in), 146pp

Published: July 2012

£15.75

PDF eBook

ISBN: 9780227901045

Specifications: 140pp

Published: December 2013

£12.25 + VAT

For centuries, the global understanding of Church has been shaped by Western theological imperatives. Yet today, the decline of institutional religion in the West, and the extraordinary growth of the Church of the global South mean that a radical movement beyond such theologies is required.

In this book, Paul Matheny argues that the Church would benefit by becoming more contextualised and less Western. Contextual Theology: The Drama of Our Times is an attempt to address that issue and to examine how a reassessment of the relationship of the Gospel to cultural context can advance this critical and necessary development. Through an accessible and critical approach, Matheny considers the historical background to contextual theology. In the same way, he aims to show how to use contextual methods to think theologically and act missiologically in different cultural contexts.

Preface
Introduction

1. The Church Looks to the Future: The Encouragement of Contextual Methods in Theology?
2. Contextual Methods within the Theological Processes of Christian Churches
3. The Helpfulness of Theology in the Life of the Church
4. Contextual Theology Becomes an Issue
5. Sources and Processes: Contextual Theology and the Emergence of a Christian Community
6. Theology, Both Local and Ecumenical: Tradition and Authority within the Christian Community

Bibliography
Subject Index
Name Index

Paul Matheny is Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics at Philippine Christian University and Union theological Seminary, Philippines.

This is a superbly written book that clearly outlines the vital importance of engaging in contextual theology for our time. Matheny reviews the historical background to contextual theology as well as various approaches. He explains how it works in practice, why contextual theology is good theology and why a healthy contextual theology will shape the future of theology by reviving biblical images and perspectives found in world Christianity. It is an accessible read and will be a very helpful resource for students, practitioners, and parishioners. Cathy Ross, Lecturer in Pastoral Studies (Mission), Regent's Park College, University of Oxford
There is here a useful, updated reminder of what contextual theology is at its best ... Paul Ballard, in Theological Book Review, Vol 24, No 2
This book is a good resource for theologians, students of theology, church leaders and members who desire to render the theological enterprise a contextual one. Robert Afayori, in The Expository Times, Vol 125, No 2

Customers who bought this title also purchased

Neither Here nor There
Neither Here nor There (PB)
By Timothy Carson (editor)
£19.50
Time, Science and Philosophy
Time, Science and Philosophy (PB)
By Hector C. Parr
£13.75
The English Connection
The English Connection (2nd Ed, PB)
By Bryan W. Ball
£23.00
State of Paralysis
State of Paralysis (PB)
By John Elsom
£19.50
Seeing Animals
Seeing Animals (PB)
By Angela Dyer
£20.00
Thecla's Devotion
Thecla's Devotion (PB)
By J.D. McLarty
£25.00
A Way into Scholasticism
A Way into Scholasticism (PB)
By Peter S. Dillard
£18.25 £16.43
Website Bestsellers