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Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology


About the Series

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 'Empty' Church Revisited

The 'Empty' Church Revisited

1st Edition

By Robin Gill
October 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 '...

Ordinary Christology Who Do You Say I Am? Answers From The Pews

Ordinary Christology: Who Do You Say I Am? Answers From The Pews

1st Edition

By Ann Christie
May 22, 2017

Ordinary Christology is defined as the account of who Jesus was/is and what he did/does that is given by Christian believers who have received no formal theological education. In this fascinating study Ann Christie analyses, and offers a theological appraisal, of the main christologies and ...

Divine Revelation and Human Learning A Christian Theory of Knowledge

Divine Revelation and Human Learning: A Christian Theory of Knowledge

1st Edition

By David Heywood
April 23, 2004

How do we learn about God? In an age of competing world-views, what is the basis of the Christian claim to offer the truth about God, the world and ourselves? David Heywood charts a path through the study of human knowledge, showing how the insights of theology, philosophy and psychology ...

Testimony in the Spirit Rescripting Ordinary Pentecostal Theology

Testimony in the Spirit: Rescripting Ordinary Pentecostal Theology

1st Edition

By Mark J. Cartledge
April 11, 2017

This book explores ordinary practices of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians in relation to the Holy Spirit. It offers varied picture of contemporary Christians in the Pentecostal and Charismatic traditions, enabling a greater understanding to be appreciated for academic and ecclesial audiences....

Sharing Friendship Exploring Anglican Character, Vocation, Witness and Mission

Sharing Friendship: Exploring Anglican Character, Vocation, Witness and Mission

1st Edition

By John B. Thomson
March 29, 2017

Sharing Friendship represents a post-liberal approach to ecclesiology and theology generated out of the history, practices and traditions of the Anglican Church. Drawing on the theological ethics of Stanley Hauerwas, this book explores the way friendship for the stranger emerges from contextually ...

A Christian Theology of Place

A Christian Theology of Place

1st Edition

By John Inge
December 28, 2003

The place in which we stand is often taken for granted and ignored in our increasingly mobile society. Differentiating between place and space, this book argues that place has very much more influence upon human experience than is generally recognised and that this lack of recognition, and all that...

Congregational Studies in the UK Christianity in a Post-Christian Context

Congregational Studies in the UK: Christianity in a Post-Christian Context

1st Edition

By Karin Tusting, Mathew Guest
July 28, 2004

This book presents the first comprehensive introduction to congregational studies in the UK. Through a series of innovative essays, it explores the difference that the increasingly post-Christian nature of British society is making to life in Christian congregations, and compares this to the very ...

Reconstructing Practical Theology The Impact of Globalization

Reconstructing Practical Theology: The Impact of Globalization

1st Edition

By John Reader
July 28, 2008

This book argues that the discipline of practical theology needs to be re-shaped in the light of the impact of various influences created through the encounter with globalization. Essential to this is an engagement with the insights of other disciplines, e.g. sociology, politics, economics and ...

The Faith of Girls Children's Spirituality and Transition to Adulthood

The Faith of Girls: Children's Spirituality and Transition to Adulthood

1st Edition

By Anne Phillips
November 28, 2016

Exploring the spirituality and faith of girls on the verge of adolescence, this book presents fresh insights into children's spirituality and their transition to adulthood. Phillips has listened to girls' voices speaking in depth on the themes of self, God, church, and world, and reflected on their...

How Survivors of Abuse Relate to God The Authentic Spirituality of the Annihilated Soul

How Survivors of Abuse Relate to God: The Authentic Spirituality of the Annihilated Soul

1st Edition

By Susan Shooter
November 17, 2016

Grappling with theological issues raised by abuse, this book argues that the Church should be challenged, and ministered to, by survivors. Paying careful attention to her interviews with Christian women survivors, Shooter finds that through painful experiences of transformation they have ...

Entering the New Theological Space Blurred Encounters of Faith, Politics and Community

Entering the New Theological Space: Blurred Encounters of Faith, Politics and Community

1st Edition

By John Reader, Christopher R. Baker
November 15, 2016

This book presents theological reflections on the changing nature of church mission and Christian identity within a theology of 'blurred encounter' - a physical, social, political and spiritual space where once solid hierarchies and patterns are giving way to more fluid and in many ways unsettling ...

Evangelicalism and the Emerging Church A Congregational Study of a Vineyard Church

Evangelicalism and the Emerging Church: A Congregational Study of a Vineyard Church

1st Edition

By Cory E. Labanow
November 15, 2016

With the Christian church in the west in decline, some churches are undergoing difficult transitions as they seek to become relevant, to both themselves and their surrounding cultures. Evangelicalism and the Emerging Church details an ethnographic study of a Vineyard congregation making sense of ...

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