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The Doctrines of Practical Theology and the Practice of Doctrine: Systematic Theology and Practical Theology in Dialogue

Thompson, Geoffrey (2013) The Doctrines of Practical Theology and the Practice of Doctrine: Systematic Theology and Practical Theology in Dialogue. Pacifica, 26 (1). pp. 17-36. ISSN 1030-570X

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Abstract

Systematic theology is often the negative foil against which practical theology defines itself as a discipline. Practical theologians worry that systematic theology is committed to a detached objectivism and finality, and that it denies or resists the influence of context on Christian thought. It is argued here that amongst its best exponents, systematic theology has its own well-developed reasons against completion and finality, and that it shares a suspicion of contextually unaware rationality. Re-imagining the relationship between these two disciplines in a way that takes these observations into account requires the rejection of the common theory/practice account of the relationship. What is proposed here instead is an account of the relationship that understands both disciplines as ecclesial practices that each have their own – sometimes overlapping – responsibilities in the church’s collective ‘performance of the scriptures’ and in the development of the church’s ‘social imaginary’.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Practical Theology, Practice of Doctrine, Systematic Theology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): C - Systematic Theology
Association with University of Divinity: PTC: Pilgrim Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2017 15:16
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2017 15:16
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2273

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