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Theological Reflection

The Creation of Spiritual Power in the Information Age

Edward O. de Bary

Theological Reflection
Theological Reflection

ISBN: 9780814651599, 5159

Details: 248 pgs, 6 x 9
Publication Date: 07/01/2003
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Theological Reflection demonstrates the process of discovery that is at the heart of theological education– learning by reflecting on experience.

Theological reflection as presented in this book was developed to support a program of theological education called Education for Ministry (EFM). Its roots are both biblical and traditional, presenting those engaged in theology with the educational context for theological reflection as it has been developed by EFM over more than twenty-five years. It provides a way of learning theology so that participants can develop harmony between life's experience, the world, and the Christian faith.

Chapters under Part I: Theological Reflection: Historical, Philosophical, and Theological Context are "Theological Reflection: What It Is and Why," "The Work of Theological Reflection —' Background," "Theological Reflection—Whose Domain?" "Theological Reflection and the People of God," "The Rose of Theological Reflection," and "Theological Reflection: Rationalize or Relational?" Chapters under Part II: Theological Reflection—The Educational Context are "Theological Reflection: Education in Depth," "Theological Reflection and Educational Methods," "Theological Reflection: An Educational Adventure," and "Theological Reflection and the Seminar." Chapters under Part III: Theological Reflection: Methodology, Leadership, and Consequences are "Sources for Theological Reflection," "Methods and Techniques," "Asking Theological Questions," "Guiding Theological Reflections," "The Ethics of Theological Reflection," and "Reflection: The Creation of Power in the Information Age."

Edward O. de Bary, StD, is director of the Education for Ministry Program of the School of Theology at The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.


Theological Reflection takes a knife's edge to the massive confusion engendered by the Information Age. Saying that God exists and that all we need do in life is to be good Christians and obedient to church teaching does not cut through to the imagination any longer, if it ever did . . . in short, De Bary explains what theological reflection is and argues powerfully why the practice of it is crucial in our day.
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