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The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology


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Notes on Contributors xi Introduction: The Contributions of Practical Theology 1 Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore Part I Way of Life: Shaping Faith among Believers in Home and Society 21 1 Suffering 23 Pamela Cooper-White 2 Healing 32 Susan J. Dunlap 3 Playing 42 Jaco Hamman 4 Eating 51 Dorothy C. Bass 5 Loving 61 Herbert Anderson 6 Consuming 70 Katherine Turpin 7 Blessing 80 Christian Scharen Part II Method: Studying Theology in Practice in Library and Field 89 8 Case Study Method 91 Daniel S. Schipani 9 Psychological Theory 102 Lee H. Butler, Jr. 10 Hermeneutical Theory 112 Sally A. Brown 11 Quantitative Method 123 Hans Schilderman 12 Congregational Studies 133 James R. Nieman 13 Ritual Theory 143 Edward Foley 14 Social Policy 153 Pamela D. Couture 15 The Use of Scripture 163 Paul Ballard 16 Poetics 173 Heather Walton 17 Emancipatory Theory and Method 183 Nancy J. Ramsay 18 Feminist Theory 193 Elaine Graham 19 Womanist Theory 204 Evelyn L. Parker 20 Narrative Approaches 214 R. Ruard Ganzevoort 21 Ethnography 224 Mary Clark Moschella 22 Participatory Action Research 234 Elizabeth Conde-Frazier 23 Theories of Practice 244 Ted A. Smith 24 Action Theories 255 Robert Mager Part III Curriculum: Educating for Ministry and Faith in Classroom, Congregation, and Community 267 25 Pastoral Care 269 Barbara McClure 26 Homiletics 279 John S. McClure 27 Worship 289 Don E. Saliers 28 Religious Education 299 Carol Lakey Hess 29 Religious Leadership 308 Michael Jinkins 30 Evangelism 318 Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr. 31 Spirituality 328 Claire E. Wolfteich 32 Ethics 337 Miguel A. De La Torre 33 Contextual Education 347 Emily Click 34 Systematic Theology 357 Mary McClintock Fulkerson 35 Historical Theology 367 James M. Brandt 36 Biblical Theology 377 Michael Joseph Brown 37 Integration in Theological Education 386 Kathleen A. Cahalan Part IV Discipline: Defining History and Context in Guild and Global Setting 397 Section 1: Issues, Contexts, and Perspectives 399 38 Race and Racism 401 Dale P. Andrews 39 Gender, Sexism, and Heterosexism 412 Jeanne Hoeft 40 Globalization, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism 422 Melinda McGarrah Sharp 41 Economics, Class, and Classism 432 Joyce Ann Mercer 42 Disability, Ableism, and Disablism 443 John Swinton 43 Religious Pluralism and Christian-Centrism 452 Kathleen J. Greider Section 2: Global Developments 463 44 Continental Europe 465 Friedrich Schweitzer 45 Britain 475 Zoe Bennett 46 French Canada 485 Solange Lefebvre 47 The United States 495 Richard R. Osmer 48 South Africa 505 Jaco S. Dreyer 49 West Africa 515 Daisy N. Nwachuku 50 Brazil 525 Valburga Schmiedt Streck 51 South Korea 534 Meerha Hahn 52 Australia and Oceania 544 Gerard V. Hall Section 3: Traditions 555 53 Mainline Protestantism 557 Gordon S. Mikoski 54 Roman Catholicism 567 Lynn Bridgers 55 Protestant Evangelicalism 577 Charles J. Scalise 56 Pentecostalism 587 Mark J. Cartledge Index of Subjects 596 Index of Names 619

About the Author

Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Pastoral Theology at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion. Winner of a prestigious Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology award, she is a national and international leader in pastoral and practical theologies and widely recognized for research on families, women, and children. Her publications include Feminist and Womanist Pastoral Theology (1999) and an upcoming collection of essays, Christian Theology in Practice: Discovering a Discipline (2012).


The first comprehensive reference work to provide asurvey, description and analysis of practical theology as an areaof study. (Native American Encyclopedia, 20December 2013) This Companion has wide scope and issurely the most definitive definition of what practical theologyentails to date An important addition to the shelves ofthose who teach practical theology or ministers as well as thoseengaged in the ministry themselves ... [It] offers a new way ofseeing the subject, with sets of essays that are informative,novel, and take theology in new directions. (Regent's Reviews, 2012) This edited collection is a showcase presenting howcontemporary scholarship of practical theology has been developedinto a wide concept of practical theology ... For those who areinterested in teaching Christian theology from a practicaltheological perspective, this book will be a usefulreference. (Homiletic Journal, 2012) Miller-McLemore, a leader in the field, has edited anexcellent handbook on Christian practical theology. Thoughthe essays are short, they provide excellent overviews of thevarious topics and, more important, helpful bibliographies forstudents who wish to explore certain topics further Libraries supporting curricula in Christian theology and ministryshould acquire this good introduction to the field. It is essentialfor acquisition for seminary libraries ... Recommended: upper-levelundergraduates and above. (Choice, 2012)

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