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Models of Contextual Theology (Faith and Cultures Series) Paperback – September 10, 2002
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Everything, every thought, every belief and creed must be set in context. You, your faith and your expression of faith is as much North American faith as it is Christian faith.
If you are familiar with H. Richard Niebuhr's "Christ and Culture", you will see how Bevans presents six new models that are more relevant to the time in which we live. Though the book was originally printed in 1992, with five models (Translation, Anthropological, Praxis, Synthetic and Transcendental), this second editions has added a new "Counter-cultural" model.
Models are like a GPS, they orient you. They help to define where you are in relation to the world that you live in. Thus, when you can get your bearings you can then plot the course where you need to go.
For Bevans, faith, and everything it embraces, must be seen through context. You, me and all human beings are products of our culture and context. Our understanding of God is a product of Western, European context. Scripture is written in a context, for a context, and from a historical context (See Lucien Legrand's "The Bible on Culture".).
The role of the theologian, minister and everyday Christian is to articulate God to a society that is on the other side of the God experience. The models that Bevans offers can help. His six models allow you to select a vantage point, or rather a platform from which to speak to the world today.
Bevans has done a great service for those seeking to understand their Christian faith in a postmodern world. Strongly Recommended
This insensitivity on the part of Bevans is not only explainable but almost expected. As "ideal types", the models are bound to fail to capture the reality; and insofar as they are constructed by a process of abstraction, they are necessarily decontextualizing. The examples, when used as illustrations of the models, are not only decontextualized from their original contexts of the actual encounter with the concrete Others. Much more importantly, these real life examples of contextual theology are decontextualized from their original motivations (which might be theological, political, cultural, etc.) and pre-emptively recontextualized by the presuppositions of the abstract model to which the examples do not necessarily subscribe. No wonder the models constructed always fail to do justice to the examples presented.
And at a more profound level of methodology, we suspect that the root problem is Bevans' metaphysical commitment to the idea that contextual theology is something BOTH radically new AND traditional.Read more ›
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A look at several models of doing theology from various perspectives. Good for anyone attempting to communicate the Gospel effectively.Published 23 months ago by dave
This is an interesting and educational take on Christianity. I came from a highly Catholic background. It is a great way to challenge the religion. Read morePublished on June 28, 2014 by Joe Mazanec