Ordinary Christology

Some Formal Characteristics of Ordinary Christology Ordinary Christology is Story-Shaped Do Ordinary Believers 'Do Christology'? Ordinary Christology and Affective Christology On Not Learning Christological Dogma Is Ordinary Christology ...

Author: Ann Christie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317085171

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Ordinary Christology is defined as the account of who Jesus was/is and what he did/does that is given by Christian believers who have received no formal theological education. In this fascinating study Ann Christie analyses, and offers a theological appraisal, of the main christologies and soteriologies operating in a sample of ordinary churchgoers. Christie highlights the formal characteristics of ordinary Christology and raises questions about how we should respond to the beliefs about Jesus held by ordinary churchgoers. Empirical findings have important pastoral, theological, and missiological implications, and raise important questions about the importance (or otherwise) of 'right' belief for being Christian. This book presents a model for how the study of ordinary theology can be conducted, with the in-depth theological analysis and critique which it both requires and deserves.

Exploring Ordinary Theology

... Migration and Church Susanna Snyder How Survivors of Abuse Relate to God The Authentic Spirituality of the Annihilated Soul Susan Shooter Ordinary Christology Who Do You Say I Am? Answers From The Pews ann Christie The Ecclesial ...

Author: Leslie J. Francis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317137238

Category: Religion

Page: 254

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'Ordinary theology' characterizes the reflective God-talk of the great majority of churchgoers, and others who remain largely untouched by the assumptions, concepts and arguments that academic theology takes for granted. Jeff Astley coined the phrase in his innovative study, Ordinary Theology: Looking, Listening and Learning in Theology, arguing that 'speaking statistically ordinary theology is the theology of God's Church'. A number of scholars have responded to this and related conceptualizations, exploring their theological implications. Other researchers have adopted the perspective in examining a range of Church practices and contexts of Christian discipleship, using the tools of empirical study. Ordinary theology research has proved to be key in uncovering people's everyday lay theology or ordinary dogmatics. Exploring Ordinary Theology presents fresh contributions from a wide range of authors, who address the theological, empirical and practical dimensions of this central feature of ordinary Christian existence and the life of the Church.

The Philosophy of Christology

... itself and the question of the meaning of Christology has its “roots thrust deep in the soil of ordinary language,” when recognizing that Christological thinking and Christological reflection is laid bare in Christological language.

Author: Hue Woodson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532681530

Category: Religion

Page: 420

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Given the perpetual problem of the historical Jesus, there remains an ongoing posing of the question to and a continuous seeking of the meaningfulness of Christology. From the earliest reckoning with the relationship between Jesus of Nazareth and the Christ of faith, what it means to do Christology today remains at the methodological center of the task and scope of every systematic theology. Whether giving an account of Albert Schweitzer’s bringing an end to the quest for the historical Jesus in 1906, or attending to Rudolf Bultmann’s period of no quest culminating with his demythologization project in the 1940s, how we still think of Christology as a matter of questions and concerns with meaning speaks to an unavoidable philosophizing of Christology. In this way, The Philosophy of Christology offers both a particular history of Christology in conjunction with a particular philosophy of Christology, which assesses the theological contributions by a group of Bultmannians following Bultmann in the 1950s and 1960s up to what can be reimagined by repurposing Jacques Derrida’s philosophical question into the meaning of love in 2002.

Youth Ministry and Theological Shorthand

Christie, Ordinary Christology, 12 sees all empirical research is a conscious process of comparing and evaluating and contains inductive as well deductive moments and the inductive and deductive methods of research do not exclude each ...

Author: David Bailey

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498219426

Category: Religion

Page: 258

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In Youth Ministry and Theology Shorthand, David Bailey explores the dialogue between practice and theological education through the lens of youth ministry. This qualitative study illuminates how youth ministers talk about their work amongst young people. Through the slowing down of the youth ministry process it is discovered that youth ministers speak in theological shorthand. Theological shorthand is a paradox: it is both meaningful--it fuels long-term sacrificial service amongst young people--and it is problematic, as it risks untethering youth ministry from the wider narrative of the Christian story. The book will appeal to youth ministers, clergy, academics, graduate and post-graduate students, but also informed volunteers involved in youth ministry. Through the discipline of practical theology, it correlates the voices of the youth ministers, a set of materials used to deepen faith, and contemporary expressions of sung worship. These are then brought into conversation and explored via different aspects of Trinitarian theology to deepen the theological grammar within contemporary youth ministry and to help develop theological literacy.

Christology in Cultural Perspective

... piety of quietism and mortification of the flesh also had an adverse effect on the viability of the christological vision of reality for the ordinary populace , based as it was on the Lordship of Christ over every domain of life .

Author: Rev. Dr. Colin J. D. Greene

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725235755

Category: Religion

Page: 434

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Christology defines the very heart of the Christian faith. Traditionally the study of the person and work of Christ has been understood largely as an exercise in biblical exegesis or historical and doctrinal analysis. Rarely, if ever, has Christology focused on the changing cultural paradigms that have deeply influenced the development of human knowledge and self understanding. This unique volume by Colin Greene reverses that trend and, in line with developments in modern cultural theory, explores the interlaces between successive cultural contexts and the story of Jesus to which the Scriptures bear witness. Starting with an examination of the three main Christological trajectories that have dominated the history of Christology--cosmological Christology, political Christology, and anthropological Christology--Greene proceeds to concentrate on the subtle and complex linkages between Christology and the sociopolitical paradigms that have bolstered the epistemological assumptions of modernity. Greene's wide-ranging study closes with a creative exploration into how Christology might once again provide us with a Christ-centered vision of reality.

Pentecostalism A Guide for the Perplexed

No largescale theological treatments of Christology among Pentecostals have yet been attempted. Scripting what might be called 'ordinary theology'61 among Pentecostals, the oral and testimonial nature of Pentecostalism yields primarily ...

Author: Wolfgang Vondey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567037503

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Pentecostalism is the fastest growing religious movement of our time. The unexpected birth of the modern-day Pentecostal movement at the doorsteps of the twentieth century is as perplexing as its continuing existence and unprecedented expansion worldwide. Once marginalized from public discourse, Pentecostals have entered into mainstream culture, religion, politics, academia, and social action. However, the unprecedented growth of Pentecostalism in all its diversity has led to characterizations ripe with platitudes, stereotypes, and misrepresentations. This Guide for the Perplexed sheds light on the most persistent contrasts characterizing the Pentecostal movement: the tension between local manifestations and global Pentecostalism, the inconsistency between spiritual discernment and charismatic excess, the gap between rampant denominationalism and the pursuit of Christian unity, the disparity between poverty among many Pentecostals and the popularity of the prosperity gospel, the division between Oneness Pentecostals and their trinitarian counterparts, and the worldview of Pentecostals beyond the confines of a religious movement. Those tensions form the essence of global Pentecostalism and represent the emergence of a global Christian world.

Ordinary Theology

And at the heart of education into Christianity, and of our ordinary Christology, is our learning to see Jesus 'as Lord'. According to Vincent Brummer, onlooks ascribe meaning to things: we know the meaning of something 'when we know ...

Author: Jeff Astley

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351913522

Category: Religion

Page: 210

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'Ordinary theology' is Jeff Astley's phrase for the theology and theologising of Christians who have received little or no theological education of a scholarly, academic or systematic kind. Astley argues that an in-depth study of ordinary theology, which should involve both empirical research and theological reflection, can help recover theology as a fundamental dimension of every Christian's vocation. Ordinary Theology analyses the problems and possibilities of research and reflection in this area. This book explores the philosophical, theological and educational dimensions of the concept of ordinary theology, its significance for the work of the theologian as well as for those engaged in the ministry of the church, and the criticisms that it faces. 'Ordinary theology' Astley writes, 'is the church's front line. Statistically speaking, it is the theology of God's church.'

Empirical Theology in Texts and Tables

Christie, A. (2005), Ordinary Christology: a qualitative study and theological appraisal, unpublished PhD thesis, University of Durham. ——. (2007), Who do you say that I am? Answers from the Pews, Journal of Adult Theological Education, ...

Author: Leslie J. Francis

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004168886

Category: Religion

Page: 406

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Empirical theology offers fresh and stimulating insights into the concerns of both the Church and the Academy. It does this by accessing relevant empirical evidence using the tools of the social sciences, and placing this evidence in the context of theological critique and contemporary debate. In this pioneering collection of focused essays, leading experts of empirical theology illustrate key perspectives within this rapidly expanding discipline. The first section of the book explores theoretical issues underpinning the main methods of obtaining empirical data, and the use of these data within theology. The other two sections display the role both of qualitative studies, and of the analysis of quantitative data, in exploring a range of theological beliefs and religious, social and educational concerns.

The Faith Lives of Women and Girls

8 For example, Lisa Isherwood, Introducing Feminist Christologies (Sheffield, 2001), and Muriel Orevillo-Montenegro, ... 10Ann Christie, Ordinary Christology: Who Do You Say I Am? Answers from the Pews (Aldershot, 2012), pp. 33–62.

Author: Nicola Slee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317032106

Category: Religion

Page: 278

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Identifying, illuminating and enhancing understanding of key aspects of women and girls' faith lives, The Faith Lives of Women and Girls represents a significant body of original qualitative research from practitioners and researchers across the UK. Contributors include new and upcoming researchers as well as more established feminist practical theologians. Chapters provide perspectives on different ages and stages of faith across the life cycle, from a range of different cultural and religious contexts. Diverse spiritual practices, beliefs and attachments are explored, including a variety of experiences of liminality in women’s faith lives. A range of approaches - ethnographic, oral history, action research, interview studies, case studies and documentary analysis - combine to offer a deeper understanding of women’s and girls' faith lives. As well as being of interest to researchers, this book presents resources to enhance ministry to and with women and girls in a variety of settings.

Preaching Christology in the Roman Near East

The sixth chapter turns to two exegetically focused homilies that show similar connections to this early-sixth-century debate over Christology. These homilies represent ordinary homilies preached during regular liturgical services ...

Author: Philip Michael Forness

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192561794

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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Preaching formed one of the primary, regular avenues of communication between ecclesiastical elites and a wide range of society. Clergy used homilies to spread knowledge of complex theological debates prevalent in late antique Christian discourse. Some sermons even offer glimpses into the locations in which communities gathered to hear orators preach. Although homilies survive in greater number than most other types of literature, most do not specify the setting of their initial delivery, dating, and authorship. Preaching Christology in the Roman Near East addresses how we can best contextualize sermons devoid of such information. The first chapter develops a methodology for approaching homilies that draws on a broader understanding of audience as both the physical audience and the readership of sermons. The remaining chapters offer a case study on the renowned Syriac preacher Jacob of Serugh (c. 451-521) whose metrical homilies form one of the largest sermon collections in any language from late antiquity. His letters connect him to a previously little-known Christological debate over the language of the miracles and sufferings of Christ through his correspondence with a monastery, a Roman military officer, and a Christian community in South Arabia. He uses this language in homilies on the Council of Chalcedon, on Christian doctrine, and on biblical exegesis. An analysis of these sermons demonstrates that he communicated miaphysite Christology to both elite reading communities as well as ordinary audiences. Philip Michael Forness provides a new methodology for working with late antique sermons and discloses the range of society that received complex theological teachings through preaching.