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Beyond Evangelicalism : The Theological Methodology of Stanley J. Grenz - Steven Knowles

Beyond Evangelicalism

The Theological Methodology of Stanley J. Grenz

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My generation has not always admitted how much of a debt we owe to the work of Stanley Grenz, but I have to say that his Revisioning Evangelical Theology was pivotal in my own formation. His work was tragically cut short, and perhaps just now we are in a position to begin to assess his corpus and contributions. In this book, Steven Knowles has done just that, with a charitable but critical eye, making his own contribution to constructive evangelical theology in a postmodern context. James K. A. Smith, Calvin College, USA, author of Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?

This book offers a coherent and lively argument that convincingly squares the circle between evangelical theology and the challenges posed by the diversity and plurality of postmodern thought and culture. Its critical-realist approach to Grenz's thought, allied to a well-selected use of other key thinkers such as Austin, Lindbeck and MacIntyre, begins to map a philosophical and methodological approach to Christian theology in the 21st century that will speak powerfully to both evangelical and post-evangelical audiences. Chris Baker, William Temple Foundation, Manchester, UK

Postmodernism continues to present challenges and opportunities to Christian theology in roughly equal measure. This penetrating study helps to disentangle the promise from the peril, and offers some constructive proposals for the way ahead. An insightful treatment meriting careful attention from all those interested in issues of truth and reality as they arise in theology and elsewhere. Trevor Hart, Professor of Divinity, University of St Andrews, UK.

A prolific author and thinker, Stanley J. Grenz was a respected and influential figure, not only within evangelicalism but in the wider theological world Amongst the many issues tackled by him it is perhaps his revisioning of evangelical theology in the light of the postmodern challenge that has caused the biggest stir in the theological world. Advocating a nonfoundationalist methodology, Grenz ttempts to re-position evangelical theology in line with postmodern concerns.

This work examines the main traits of postmodern thought that would seem to directly challenge how evangelical theology is traditionally done. An examination of the seminal influences on Grenz will be traced in order to understand more fully the position he takes. A rigorous critique and assessment of his theological methodology will follow with the conclusion that his work goes beyond evangelicalism. This will be the first book length treatment on Grenz's work on theological methodology and therefore will break new ground in this important area of study.

'My generation has not always admitted how much of a debt we owe to the work of Stanley Grenz, but I have to say that his Revisioning Evangelical Theology was pivotal in my own formation. His work was tragically cut short, and perhaps just now we are in a position to begin to assess his corpus and contributions. In this book, Steven Knowles has done just that, with a charitable but critical eye, making his own contribution to constructive evangelical theology in a postmodern context.' James K.A. Smith, Calvin College, USA, author of Who's Afraid of Postmodernism? 'This book offers a coherent and lively argument that convincingly squares the circle between evangelical theology and the challenges posed by the diversity and plurality of postmodern thought and culture. Its critical-realist approach to Grenz's thought, allied to a well-selected use of other key thinkers such as Austin, Lindbeck and MacIntyre, begins to map a philosophical and methodological approach to Christian theology in the 21st century that will speak powerfully to both evangelical and post-evangelical audiences.' Chris Baker, William Temple Foundation, Manchester UK 'Postmodernism continues to present challenges and opportunities to Christian theology in roughly equal measure. This penetrating study helps to disentangle the promise from the peril, and offers some constructive proposals for the way ahead. An insightful treatment meriting careful attention from all those interested in issues of truth and reality as they arise in theology and elsewhere.' Trevor Hart, University of St Andrews, UK 'Steven Knowles's work Beyond Evangelicalism is a concise investigation into the relationship between postmodern thought and evangelical theology, done in dialogue with Stanley Grenz's theological methodology. It is a fine example of evangelical theologians striving to work within their evangelical tradition whilst interacting with the broader academic community.' Theological Book Review 'As one of the first evangelical theologians in North America to engage constructively with the postmodern situation, Grenz's work merits attention and will undoubtedly be the subject of future studies.' Religious Studies Review '... [a] detailed and rigorous study...' Modern Believing 'Knowles's volume is beneficial in several ways. It summarizes the complex thought of Stanley Grenz that was developed over a decade of his writing. It also critically compares and contrasts evangelical and post-evangelical ways of doing theology, correctly identifying Grenz's approach as a departure from traditional evangelical theological Methodology... [and] offers a unique counter-proposal, incorporating elements from a wide variety of theological studies.' Westminster Theological Journal

Introduction; Postmodernism; Ludwig Wittgenstein's linguistic turn in philosophy; George Lindbeck's cultural linguistic approach to theology; The theological methodology of Stanley J. Grenz; An evangelical theological methodology for postmodern times; Bibliography; Index.

ISBN: 9780754666080
ISBN-10: 0754666085
Series: Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Bibl
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 28th May 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Type: New edition