Max L. Stackhouse is one of the most prolific and influential American theologians of the last half century, and he has been widely recognized for his contributions to the emerging field of public theology.
This volume compiles some of Stackhouse's most significant shorter writings. These selections make clear his central role in the development of public theology as a distinct disciplinary perspective in the fields of Christian theology and theological ethics. Shaping Public Theology serves as an introduction to Stackhouse's extensive corpus; readers will see the depth and breadth of his comprehensive public theology while also gaining insight into his singular importance for the field.
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Scott R. Paeth is assistant professor of religious studiesat DePaul University in Chicago.
E. Harold Breitenberg Jr. is associate professor of religious studies at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia.
Hak Joon Lee is professor of theology and ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary.
"The essays in this volume, drawn from across Stackhouse's career, provide an accessible and comprehensive introduction to his thought, and they raise provocative questions about how we are constructing what Stackhouse calls public theology today."
John R. Bowlin
— Princeton Theological Seminary
"Max Stackhouse is one of the central figures in Christian social ethics over the last half-century, and this volume shows us why. Always smart, sometimes provocative, and ever faithful — like Max himself — these essays of his identify the tasks and trajectories of public theology for the next half-century."
— Stellenbosch University
"Stackhouse can rightly be called one of the fathers of public theology. This collection of his most important writings makes his work more accessible to audiences in various countries, churches, and contexts all over the globe. A helpful guide for churches and individual Christians who strive to define their public calling in the context of democracies with their complex public spheres and challenges."
Rudolf von Sinner
— Faculdades EST, São Leopoldo, Brazil
"This is a timely and indispensable primer of public theology. Stackhouse is to be commended for giving in neither to secularists who exclude religion from the public sphere, nor to idealist liberals, nor to bibliolatrous fundamentalists, nor to sectarians who can only live in conflict with the world. . . . Much-needed, thought-provoking reading."
"A genuinely interdisciplinary and global thinker, Max Stackhouse is a public theologian par excellence. This volume collects many of his seminal shorter writings. The selections make clear his central role in the development of public theology as a distinct disciplinary perspective in the fields of Christian theology and theological ethics, and serve as an excellent introduction to his extensive corpus."
"An indispensable tool in the hands of those seeking to make theology relevant to the present-day world. . . . It will be cherished."
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