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By Howard W. Stone

A superb creation for faculty, seminary, and lay readers, this moment version of the 1996 quantity has been absolutely up to date and improved with new assets, examples, vignettes, diagnostic exercisess, and case experiences. Addressing the how and why of theological resources, strikes, and techniques, Stone and Duke advisor readers into their very own theological roots after which into significant theological themes - gospel, sin and salvation, vocation, moral discernment - via real-life case stories.

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To grow in faith is to deepen, extend, and perhaps revise our understanding of its meaning and to arrive at clearer means by which to state and act on our convictions. THE CHALLENGE O F THINKING THEOLOGICALLY Widespread as deliberative theological reflection may be, it is not so commonplace that Christians—though they are theologians— inevitably leap at the slightest chance to theologize. When the time does come for them to state their theology, many Christians hardly know what to say except to echo familiar phrases.

At the risk of pressing the analogy beyond its limits, we might observe that, while instructions can be given for the basic skills of the craft—woodworking, garment making, or theology—the distinction between a serviceable result and one that is truly superb all but defies prediction. It depends in part on the worker’s hands and mind and in part on the eye of the beholder. Our embedded theology usually is serviceable . . until, that is, our conscientiousness, or a crisis, or some conflict prompts second thoughts.

In some cases the views may be mutually compatible and even supportive, but at other times so diametrically opposed that Christianity and culture find themselves locked in a bitter conflict of interpretations. Fashioning Theology 33 The correlation process takes place in many spheres and occurs at many levels. For example, what an environmentalist calls “caring for the ecosystem” may be correlated—that is, compared and contrasted—with the Christian view of good stewardship of God’s creation. Theological views may be correlated to other views of social conditions, politics, medical ethics, education, parenting, economics, and so on.

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