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Gateways to Dogmatics : Reasoning Theologically for the Life of the Church :  Reasoning Theologically for the Life of the Church - Mr Gerhard Sauter

Gateways to Dogmatics : Reasoning Theologically for the Life of the Church

Reasoning Theologically for the Life of the Church

Paperback Published: February 2003
ISBN: 9780802847003
Number Of Pages: 332

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Today the work of theology, or "dogmatics," is widely thought to be of little practical importance for ordinary Christians. This challenging introduction to the tradition and practice of Christiandogmatics shows why reasoning theologically is still decisive for the life of the church. Gerhard Sauter introduces readers to the various approaches to dogmatics and points out what is essential in a complete and meaningful Christian theology. He also argues convincingly that dogmatics is properly understood as a movement of rational thought and not simply as an old-fashioned presentation of Christian doctrine, thereby firmly establishing the necessity of dogmatics for communicating the essentials of the faith.

Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. xiv
An Invitationp. xiv
The Origin of the Bookp. xvi
Dogmatics as a Phenomenonp. 1
Why Dogmatics?p. 1
Dogmatics from an Outside Perspective: The Church Steering Itselfp. 1
"What Christians Believe": A Shift of Perspectivep. 5
The Language of Faith and Hopep. 10
Dogmatics as the Sibling of the Canonp. 15
No Fear of Dogmas!p. 21
Linguistic Elements of Dogmaticsp. 28
Speech of Consentp. 28
Statements Definitive in Dialoguep. 36
Coherence and Complexityp. 41
Dogmatics as Building Theological Judgmentsp. 43
Making Distinctions Necessary for Faithp. 44
Following Rules That Mark Out the Wayp. 50
Perceiving Relationshipsp. 57
Reaching Consensusp. 60
Development of Doctrinep. 62
Dogmatic Dynamics of Doctrinep. 64
The Compelling Nature of Doctrinep. 67
Spirituality and Faithp. 74
Theological Speech in Asserting Statementsp. 74
Practicing the Language of Faithp. 83
Dogmatics as a Reminderp. 87
Dogmatics in the Churchp. 95
Dogmatic Statements, the Inner Grounding of Church Lifep. 95
Recognition of Guilt in Prayers for Forgivenessp. 104
Confessed Sinp. 104
In the Presence of Godp. 106
A New Experience of Timep. 108
Forms of Prayerp. 111
"Lex Orandi-Lex Credendi"p. 111
Talking of God in Lament, Petition, and Praisep. 115
Proclamationp. 119
Listening as a Self-Testp. 119
An Unrequested Messagep. 125
The Presence of the Spiritp. 128
Worship as the Blessing and Upbuilding of the Congregationp. 131
Pastoral Carep. 137
Pastoral Care as a Stimulus for Dogmaticsp. 137
The Relation of "Nature" and "Grace" as Configurations of Self-Recognitionp. 139
Broken Self-Knowledge: Perceiving the Self as God Judgesp. 142
Surprises in Pastoral Carep. 144
Christian Educationp. 148
Learning to Believe?p. 148
Learning to Respondp. 154
Church Leadershipp. 158
Church Leadership as Theologyp. 158
Building Consensusp. 163
Freedom for the Free Grace of Godp. 167
Missionp. 168
Mission or the Expansion of Christendom?p. 168
The Scope and the Sphere of Validity of Theological Statementsp. 175
Encountering Othersp. 178
Dogmatics Put in Motionp. 181
The Range and Scope of Theological Knowledgep. 181
Growing into the Theological Context of Justificationp. 181
The Church Year as a Plan of Dogmaticsp. 185
Thinking Further! The Outline of Dogmaticsp. 188
The Character of Theologyp. 196
Characteristicsp. 197
Axiomsp. 201
Subject Matter? A Question with Traps in Itp. 210
Faithfulness to Scripture--Not a Scripture Principlep. 211
What Does It Mean to Begin with the Bible?p. 212
Biblical Grounding Also Means Disputep. 215
Dogmatic Rules for Reading the Biblep. 222
Dogmatics in Crisis: False Trails and Dead Endsp. 229
Dogmatics Suspected of Dogmatismp. 229
Endangered Integrityp. 229
The "Doctrine of Principles," "Fundamental Theology," and Encyclopedia as Signs of Crisisp. 240
Self-Correction and Growth in Knowledgep. 247
Contextual Theology as a Countermovement to Dogmaticsp. 251
Context as a Catchwordp. 251
Context as the Root of Dogmatics?p. 253
The Context of Discovery and the Context of Justificationp. 257
Ethics as a Catalyst for Dogmatics?p. 259
The Intersection of Dogmatics and Ethicsp. 260
The Formation of Moral Judgment in Theologyp. 264
Active Hopep. 268
Dogmatics as Vocationp. 271
Vocational Skills and Occupational Diseasesp. 271
Dogmatics as Diagnosis and Advocacyp. 275
Dogmatics as the Form and Forum of the Dialogue of Faithp. 278
Thesesp. 281
Preparatory and Supplementary Works by the Authorp. 289
Bibliographyp. 294
Biblical Referencesp. 300
Namesp. 302
Subjectsp. 306
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ISBN: 9780802847003
ISBN-10: 0802847005
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: February 2003
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.49

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