For centuries, the global understanding of Church has been shaped by Western theological imperatives. Yet today, the decline of institutional religion in the West, and the extraordinary growth of the Church of the global South mean that a radical movement beyond such theologies is required.
In this book, Paul Matheny argues that the Church would benefit by becoming more contextualized and less Western. Contextual Theology is an attempt to address that issue and to examine how a reassessment of the relationship of the Gospel to cultural context can advance this critical and necessary development. Through an accessible and critical approach, Matheny considers the historical background to contextual theology. In the same way, he aims to show how to use contextual methods to think theologically and act missiologically in different cultural contexts.
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Paul Matheny is Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics at Philippine Christian University and Union theological Seminary, Philippines.Review:
"...There is here a useful, updated reminder of what contextual theology is at its best..." (Paul Ballard Theological book review, Vol. 24, No 2, 2012)
‘This book is a good resource for theologians, students of theology, church leaders and members who desire to render the theological enterprise a contextual one.’ (Robert Afayori The Expository Times, Volume 125, No.2, November 2013-10-17)
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