The Character of Theology
In this classroom text, John Franke builds on his previous work with Stanley Grenz and argues that the time has come to question whether metanarrative should guide theological reflection. Franke believes theologians should opt for a more modest approach, one...
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In this classroom text, John Franke builds on his previous work with Stanley Grenz and argues that the time has come to question whether metanarrative should guide theological reflection. Franke believes theologians should opt for a more modest approach, one that starts with the Spirit-led understanding of Scripture, is filtered through church tradition, and is ultimately applied and validated in differing cultural contexts.
Theology done in today's context is strikingly different from past evangelical approaches. In this new project John Franke, writing with our postmodern world in mind, reflects these directions. He offers an introduction to theology that covers the usual territory, but does so attuned to today's ecclesial and cultural context. In contradistinction to more traditional works, Franke: - critiques traditional evangelical theological conceptions - emphasizes the "local" nature of theology - engages the postmodern context - contrasts conservative and postconservative approaches - interacts with the broader faith community Sure to provoke intense discussion, The Character of Theology will help Christians to be faithful in a world in which the spiritual and intellectual landscape is ever changing.
"Franke has given us a rich gift: clear, lean, substantial, and enjoyable theological writing--sustained and building page after page--that links contemporary concerns with our shared heritage in the faith. The book will be a treasure for seminary students and for thoughtful Christians of all vocations."--Brian McLaren, pastor (crcc.org) and author (anewkindofchristian.com)"Theology is a spiritual practice of the missional church: This is Franke's bold vision in The Character of Theology, introducing us to a Christian theology that is ecclesial, confessional, communal, and contemporary. This is a valuable book not just for students or those new to theology but also for those already engaged in the task, including pastors, who are looking for theological reorientation in our postmodern context."--James K. A. Smith, associate professor of philosophy, Calvin College; author of Introducing Radical Orthodoxy"Franke has produced a clearly articulated approach to theology that is self-consciously and broadly Calvinist in orientation and seeks to bring that tradition into conversation with postmodern evangelical theological trajectories. Franke works toward an understanding of the theological task as a second-order, contextual discipline while also addressing the need for any theology to speak to universal concerns. The tone is evenhanded yet provocative, stimulating, and challenging. While not everyone will agree with Franke's approach or conclusions, evangelical engagement of postmodern theology is vital and unavoidable, and therefore this book requires a fair and patient reading."--Peter Enns, associate professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary"In The Character of Theology, Franke draws from theologians of every historical period to make a compelling case for theological reflection that arises from particular cultural situations. In this way, Franke opens the door for a fruitful postconservative, liberal dialogue to construct a theology for our postmodern world that is faithful to the classical tradition."--Robert Webber, Myers Professor of Ministry, Northern Seminary "Franke demonstrates what postconservative evangelical theology is all about and clearly demonstrates its positive side. This is an introduction to theology not to be missed by anyone interested in leading-edge evangelical thought."--Roger E. Olson, professor of theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University
John R. Franke, (D.Phil. University of Oxford) is Professor of Theology at Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield PA. Dr. Franke is particularly interested in engaging postmodern thought and culture from the perspective of Christian faith in order to explore the opportunities and challenges they present for the witness and ministry of the gospel. In addition to teaching at Biblical, he has lectured and taught on the relationships between theology, ministry, and postmodernity in the United States, Canada, England, and New Zealand and is actively involved in research and writing. In addition to publishing numerous articles and reviews, he is the co-author of Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context and the author of The Character of Theology and Barth for Armchair Theologians.