Fieldwork in Theology (Church & Modern Culture Series)
:In this addition to the acclaimed The Church and Postmodern Culture series, skilled theologian Christian Scharen examines the relationship between theology and its social context. He engages with leading postmodern thinker and social theorist Pierre Bourdieu to offer helpful theoretical...
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:In this addition to the acclaimed The Church and Postmodern Culture series, skilled theologian Christian Scharen examines the relationship between theology and its social context. He engages with leading postmodern thinker and social theorist Pierre Bourdieu to offer helpful theoretical and theological grounding to those who want to reflect critically on the faith and practice of the church, particularly for those undertaking ministry internships or fieldwork assignments. As Scharen helps a wide array of readers to understand the social context of doing theology, he articulates a vision for the church's involvement with what God is doing in the world and provides concrete examples of churches living out God's mission.
Christian Scharen (Ph.D., Emory University) serves as Director of the Faith as a Way of Life/Pastoral Excellence Program and Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Congregational Studies and Practical Theology at Yale Divinity School. The mission of the Faith as a Way of Life Program is to equip pastors for excellence in the central task of Christian ministry: helping to mediate faith to persons, communities, and cultures as a life-integrating and life-transforming reality.He has authored a number of books, including One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God, is a theological evocation of the Christian faith seen through the lens of the worlds biggest rock n roll band, U2. He has also authored Faith as a Way of Life: A Vision for Pastoral Leadership(2008), Public Worship and Public Work: Culture and Commitment in Local Congregational Life (2004), and Married in the Sight of God: Theology, Ethics, and Church Debates over Homosexuality (2001), Public Worship and Public Work. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he has served congregations in California, Georgia, and Connecticut. Scharen lives in New Haven, Connecticut.-Editorial Review.
- :<b>contents<br></b>series Editor's Foreword, James K. A. Smith<br>1. Fieldwork In Theology: Waking Up To The World God Loves<br>2. Rigorous Self-reflection: Bachelard, Science, And Sin<br>3. Embodied Perception: Merleau-ponty And The Incarnate Body<br>4. Practical Logic: Bourdieu And The Social Art Of Improvisation<br>5. Surrendering To The Other: Wacquant And Carnal Sociology<br>epilogue: Understanding As Spiritual Exercise<br>index