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Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology


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Theological reflection on the church’s practice is now recognised as a significant element in theological studies in the academy and seminary. Routledge's series in practical, pastoral and empirical theology seeks to foster this resurgence of interest and encourage new developments in practical and applied aspects of theology worldwide. This timely series draws together a wide range of disciplinary approaches and empirical studies to embrace contemporary developments including: the expansion of research in empirical theology, psychological theology, ministry studies, public theology, Christian education and faith development; key issues of contemporary society such as health, ethics and the environment; and more traditional areas of concern such as pastoral care and counselling.

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The Sunday Assembly and Theologies of Suffering

The Sunday Assembly and Theologies of Suffering

1st Edition

Katie Cross
July 06, 2020

This book draws on a study of the Sunday Assembly- a "godless congregation"- to reflect on how the Church might better deal with suffering, lament and theodicy. Against a backdrop of a shifting attitudes towards religion, humans are now better connected than ever before. It is no exaggeration to ...

Disclosing Church An Ecclesiology Learned from Conversations in Practice

Disclosing Church An Ecclesiology Learned from Conversations in Practice

1st Edition

Clare Watkins
March 25, 2020

From 2006 to 2011 researchers at Heythrop College and the Oxford Centre for ecclesiology and Practical Theology (OxCEPT, Ripon College Cuddesdon) worked on a theological and action research project: "Action Research – Church and Society (ARCS). 2010 saw the publication of Talking About God in ...

Tragedies and Christian Congregations The Practical Theology of Trauma

Tragedies and Christian Congregations The Practical Theology of Trauma

1st Edition

Christopher Southgate, Carla Grosch-Miller, Hilary Ison, Megan Warner
October 11, 2019

When tragedy strikes a community, it is often unexpected with long-lasting effects on the people left in its wake. Too often, there aren’t adequate systems in place to aid those affected in processing what has happened. This study uniquely combines practical theology, pastoral insight and ...

Poetry, Practical Theology and Reflective Practice

Poetry, Practical Theology and Reflective Practice

1st Edition

Mark Pryce
April 01, 2019

This groundbreaking study offers an innovative critical analysis of poetry as a resource for reflective practice in the context of continuing professional development. In the contemporary drive in all professions for greater rigour in education, training, and development, little attention is paid ...

Ecclesial Leadership as Friendship

Ecclesial Leadership as Friendship

1st Edition

Chloe Lynch
February 28, 2019

When it comes to talking about the activity of directing the church, the language of leadership and leaders is increasingly popular. Yet what is leadership – and how might theological narratives better resource the discourse and practice of leadership in ecclesial contexts? In identifying and ...

Women Choosing Silence Relationality and Transformation in Spiritual Practice

Women Choosing Silence Relationality and Transformation in Spiritual Practice

1st Edition

Alison Woolley
January 16, 2019

Silence is long-established as a spiritual discipline amongst people of faith. However, its examination tends to focus on depictions within texts emerging from religious life and the development of its practices. Latterly, feminist theologians have also highlighted the silencing of women within ...

Hospital Chaplaincy in the Twenty-first Century The Crisis of Spiritual Care on the NHS

Hospital Chaplaincy in the Twenty-first Century The Crisis of Spiritual Care on the NHS

2nd Edition

Christopher Swift
February 07, 2014

The place of religion in public life continues to be a much-debated topic in Western nations. This book charts the changing role of hospital chaplains and examines through detailed case studies the realities of practice and the political debates which either threaten or sustain the service. This ...

Reimagining Theologies of Marriage in Contexts of Domestic Violence When Salvation is Survival

Reimagining Theologies of Marriage in Contexts of Domestic Violence When Salvation is Survival

1st Edition

Rachel Starr
April 17, 2018

Domestic violence is a significant threat to women’s survival. But Christian understandings of marriage often prevent women from resisting abusive relationships. Can the Church’s teaching on marriage be reshaped so that it helps women to survive, rather than encourage them to submit to their ...

Researching Female Faith Qualitative Research Methods

Researching Female Faith Qualitative Research Methods

1st Edition

Nicola Slee, Fran Porter, Anne Phillips
November 03, 2017

Religious and spiritual engagement has undergone multiple significant changes in recent decades. Researching Female Faith is a collection of essays based on recent and original field research conducted by the contributors, and informed by a variety of theoretical perspectives, into the faith lives ...

A Reader on Preaching Making Connections

A Reader on Preaching Making Connections

1st Edition

David Day, Jeff Astley
February 08, 2005

Every Sunday all over the world people rise up and claim to speak in the name of God. It is an astonishing thing to do and an astonishing claim to make. It is small wonder that the sermon has been the focus of debate, discussion and investigation. It has been dismissed as irrelevant in today's ...

Ordinary Theology Looking, Listening and Learning in Theology

Ordinary Theology Looking, Listening and Learning in Theology

1st Edition

Jeff Astley
December 23, 2002

'Ordinary theology' is Jeff Astley's phrase for the theology and theologising of Christians who have received little or no theological education of a scholarly, academic or systematic kind. Astley argues that an in-depth study of ordinary theology, which should involve both empirical research and...

The 'Empty' Church Revisited

The 'Empty' Church Revisited

1st Edition

Robin Gill
September 28, 2003

When did churches start to appear more empty than full - and why? The very physicality of largely empty churches and chapels in Britain plays a powerful role in popular perceptions of 'religion'. Empty churches are frequently cited in the media as evidence of large scale religious decline. The '...

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