PART I: DESCRIBING THE PROCESS; Chapter 1: Transforming Theology; Chapter 2: A New Way to Do Theology; PART II: THE FOUR PHASES; Chapter 3: Starting from Experience; Chapter 4: Exploring; Chapter 5: Reflecting; Chapter 6: Responding; PART III: THINKING IT THROUGH; Chapter 7: Challenging implications; Chapter 8: Other Styles of Theologising; Chapter 9: Spirituality ~ Where will we find God?; Appendix: Survey of Sub-disciplines; Selected bibliography and contact addresses.
As one of the longest serving bishops in the present Church of England The Rt Revd Laurie Green, Bishop of Bradwell, has many bones to pick with the institution he serves. He has years of experience in parishes and running theological courses helping clergy and laity to engage in exciting contextual theology. Twice the author of a Church Times 'book of the year', his recent publications include 'The Impact of the Global - an urban theology' (Church House) and 'Urban Ministry and the Kingdom of God' (SPCK).
'"Accessible theology" might seem like a contradiction. Surely
theology is a discipline for the professional specialist. It's not,
as Bishop Laurie Green shows us in his marvellous book. Take a
look. Theology is how we talk, think and act in relation to God and
our neighbour. Its use is not to argue about "hot button"
controversies but as a way to make sense of the mundane events of
daily life. Bishop Green wants "Theology to become a tool for the
transformation of our own lives and of the society we seek to
serve." Laurie Green is a teacher and theologian but also a bishop
with years of practical experience of pastoral care for thousands
of people in city, rural and multi-cultural settings. He has
written precisely for this purpose: to assist ordinary Christians
find the words and framework to think and speak themselves about
God in everyday life. St. Anselm, 11th C. Archbishop of Canterbury
wrote about faith seeking understanding and proposed that each of
us must explore our faith to the full capacity of our abilities.
The First Letter of Peter tells us always to be prepared to give a
reason for the hope that lies within us. Read this book. It is
simple, direct, practical and wise. And make the connection between
the best of our theological heritage and your own daily
The Right Reverend Colin R. Johnson, Anglican Bishop of Toronto
"Now a bishop in the Church of England, Green wrote the first edition in 1989 drawing on his 20 years of ordained ministry in Birmingham and his work with an educational psychologist. Writing for lay readers as well as seminary students, he describes a style of theology that pays close attention to the context. Central to his approach are the four phases of starting from experience, exploring, reflecting, and responding. Other topics include transforming theology, challenging implications, and other styles of theologizing." -Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc.