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Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology


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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...

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...

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

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...

Testimony in the Spirit: Rescripting Ordinary Pentecostal Theology

Testimony in the Spirit: Rescripting Ordinary Pentecostal Theology

1st Edition

Mark J. Cartledge
April 12, 2017

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

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

1st Edition

John B. Thomson
March 31, 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...

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

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

1st Edition

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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