It is no secret that globalization is one of the most powerful forces in the twenty-first century. In nearly every realm--political, economic, cultural, ethnic, and religious--traditional boundaries are disappearing and people worldwide are more interconnected than ever. Recent decades have...
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It is no secret that globalization is one of the most powerful forces in the twenty-first century. In nearly every realm--political, economic, cultural, ethnic, and religious--traditional boundaries are disappearing and people worldwide are more interconnected than ever. Recent decades have also seen the globalization of Christianity and the accompanying shift in the center of gravity of Christianity from the West to the southern hemisphere and Asia. As these realities take deeper root, scholars, students, and church leaders must grapple with the implications for theological reflection and method, not to mention missiological practice.
It is to this set of vital and complex issues that the contributors to Globalizing Theology address themselves in this collection of original and groundbreaking essays. Contributors include M. Daniel Carroll R., Lois McKinney Douglas, Paul G. Hiebert, Eloise Hiebert Meneses, James E. Plueddemann, Robert J. Priest, Vinoth Ramachandra, Steve Strauss, David K. Strong and Cynthia A. Strong, Tite Tinou, Charles E. Van Engen, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Andrew F. Walls, and Darrell L. Whiteman. A foreword by Wilbert R. Shenk is also included.
This international and internationally recognized group of scholars brings a multidisciplinary approach to the questions involved, including not only theological and missiological perspectives but also insights from history, sociology, ecclesiology, and anthropology.
Part 1 World Christianity and Theological Reflection
1. Christian Theology in an Era of World Christianity - Tite Tinou
2. Anthropological Reflections on Contextualizing Theology in a Globalizing World - Darrell L. Whiteman
3. Globalization and the Study of Christian History - Andrew F. Walls
Part 2 Methodological Issues for Globalizing Theology
4. "One Rule to Rule Them All?" Theological Method in an Era of World Christianity - Kevin J. Vanhoozer
5. The Globalizing Hermeneutic of the Jerusalem Council - David K. Strong and Cynthia A. Strong
6. Creeds, Confessions, and Global Theologizing: A Case Study in Comparative Christologies - Steve Strauss
7. The Glocal Church: Locality and Catholicity in a Globalizing World - Charles E. Van Engen
8. "Experience-Near Theologizing" in Diverse Human Contexts - Robert J. Priest
Part 3 Implications of Globalizing Theology
9. The Challenge of Economic Globalization for Theology: From Latin America to a Hermeneutics of Responsibility - M. Daniel Carroll R
10. Globalization, Nationalism, and Religious Resurgence - Vinoth Ramachandra
11. Bearing Witness in Rome with Theology from the Whole Church: Globalization, Theology, and Nationalism - Eloise Hiebert Meneses
12. Theological Implications of Globalizing Missions - James E. Plueddemann
13. Globalizing Theology and Theological Education - Lois McKinney Douglas
14. The Missionary as Mediator of Global Theologizing - Paul G. Hiebert
Conclusion: Globalizing Theology - Craig Ott
One of the most powerful forces in the twenty-first century is the increasing phenomenon of globalization. In nearly every realm of human activity, traditional boundaries are disappearing and people worldwide are more interconnected than ever. Christianity has also become more aware of global realities and the important role of the church in non-Western countries. Church leaders must grapple with the implications for theology and ministry in an ever-shrinking world. Globalizing Theology is a groundbreaking book that addresses these issues of vital importance to the church. It contains articles from leading scholars, including Tite Tienou, Kevin Vanhoozer, Charles Van Engen, M. Daniel Carroll R., Andrew Walls, Vinoth Ramachandra, and Paul Hiebert. Topics covered include the challenges that globalization brings to theology, how we can incorporate global perspectives into our thinking, and the effect a more global theology has on a variety of important issues.
"I hope this important volume is widely--and carefully--studied. It addresses a crucial need for the contemporary Christian movement: a globalized theology for a globalized church. The writers take us to new levels of exploration of what the gospel of Jesus Christ means for the multicultural, multiethnic, multinational community of the Lamb."--Richard J. Mouw, president and professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary"This is a truly exciting book for missiologists and a challenge for theologians of all sorts--pastors, teachers, or students. It is full of fresh thinking that is worthy of the mind and spirit of Paul Hiebert, in whose honor these essays were written."--Stephen B. Bevans, SVD, Louis J. Luzbatek, SVD, Professor of Mission and Culture, Catholic Theological Union"What a privilege it is to be living in an era when God's promise to Abraham, that he would bring blessing to all peoples and nations, is being so remarkably fulfilled in the phenomenal growth of the global church. And for such a time as this--the global church engaged in global mission among all cultures--we need the kind of global thinking that fills this book. These are rich resources for that urgent task."--Christopher J. H. Wright, international director, Langham Partnership International"Some of the sharpest minds in the church have been gathered to discuss some of the most sensitive issues facing the church today. The result is an extremely helpful guide. A fitting tribute indeed to Paul G. Hiebert, the great Christian statesman this book honors."--Ajith Fernando, national director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka
Harold A. Netland (Ph.D.,Claremont Graduate School, where he studied under Professor John Hick) is professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies and the Naomi A. Fausch chair of missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Netland was a missionary in Japan with the Evangelical Free Church of America. Dr. Netland's areas of expertise include religious pluralism, epistemology of religion, apologetics, and missions in East Asia. He is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Society of Christian Philosophers.
Dr. Netland's published works include Dissonant Voices: Religious Pluralism and the Question of Truth; Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith and Mission and Spirituality without God: Buddhist Enlightenment and Christian Salvation, as well as numerous articles in such journals as Religious Studies, Faith and Philosophy, and Missiology. He also co-edited Christianity and the Religions (William Carey Library).
Craig L. Ott (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of mission and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He occupies the EFCA International Mission (EFCA-IM) Chair, which was established to better link the mission agency and seminary, integrating mission theory and practice.
After twenty-one years of missionary experience with the EFCA-IM in Germany as a church planter, consultant, and theological educator, he joined the Trinity faculty in 2002.
He is co-editor with Harold A. Netland of Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity (Baker Academic, 2006) and is author of Das Trainingsprogramm fr Mitarbeiter (Brunnen, 1996) and most recently Global Church Planting: Biblical Principles and Best Practices for Multiplication (Bakerbooks, 2010) with Gene Wilson.
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