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Title Exploring ordinary theology : everyday Christian believing and the church / edited by Jeff Astley and Leslie J. Francis.
Imprint Farnham, Surrey, UK ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2013.

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Series Explorations in practical, pastoral, and empirical theology
Explorations in practical, pastoral, and empirical theology.
Subject Theology.
Alt Name Astley, Jeff.
Francis, Leslie J.
Description 1 online resource.
Note Includes index.
Summary 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. 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'. 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.
Contents Cover; Contents; Notes on Contributors; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1 The Analysis, Investigation and Application of Ordinary Theology; Part I Reflecting on Ordinary Theology: Analytical and Theological Perspectives; 2 Ordinary Theology, Theological Method and Constructive Ecclesiology; 3 Ordinary Theology as 'Mother Tongue'; 4 Deconversion and Ordinary Theology: A Catholic Study; 5 Ordinary Theology and the Learning Conversation with Academic Theology; 6 Power in the Local Church: Locating the Implicit; 7 Ordinary Theologians as Signal Processors of the Spirit.
Part II Researching and Situating Ordinary Theology: Empirical and Contextual Perspectives8 Jesus as Exemplar; 9 Ordinary Readers and Reader Perspectives on Sacred Texts: Drawing on Empirical Theology and Jungian Psychology; 10 Extraordinary Eschatology: Insights from Ordinary Theologians; 11 Ordinary Theology and the British Assemblies of God Doctrinal Tradition: A Qualitative Study; 12 Congregational Hermeneutics: Towards Virtuous Apprenticeship; 13 The Bible and Ordinary Readers; 14 How Far is it to Bethlehem? Exploring the Ordinary Theology of Occasional Churchgoers.
15 Ordinary Prayer and the Activity of God: Reading a Cathedral Prayer Board16 A Tune Beyond Us, Yet Ourselves: Ordinary Worship and Ordinary Theology; 17 A Study in Ordinary Theological Ethics: Thinking about Eating; 18 Ordinary Discipleship; 19 Sharing Friendship: God's Love in Ordinary Church Life; 20 Ordinary Learning; 21 Ordinary Theology as Process: A Phenomenographic Approach; Index of Names; Index of Subjects.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Note English.
Print version record.
ISBN 1409442586 (electronic bk.)
9781409442585 (electronic bk.)
9781409442561 (alk. paper)
140944256X (alk. paper)
9781409442578 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
1409442578 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 825978020
Additional Format Print version: 9781409442561 140944256X (DLC) 2012031449

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