The Fabric of Theology: A Prolegomenon to Evangelical Theology

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1993 - Religion - 359 pages
After showing that today's evangelicals have not fared well in the crucible of modern pluralism, Lints argues that in order to regain spiritual wholeness, evangelicals must relearn how to think and live theologically. He provides a provocative new outline for the construction of a truly "transformative" evangelical theology in the modern age.
 

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Contents

Preliminaries to Prolegomena
3
The Nature and Purpose of a Theological Vision
12
Philosophical Assumptions
19
The Face of Evangelicalism and the Task of Evangelical Theology
29
The Second Great Awakening and the Evangelical Empires
32
The Fundamentals and the War with Modernism
38
Social Engagement and Adaptation
43
Identity and Independence
48
The Cultural Setting of Postmodern Theology
200
The Roots of Postmodern Theology
204
The Critique of Purpose
207
The Character of Postmodern Theology
210
Ecclesial Authority
213
Theological Realism
216
Epistemic Pragmatism
218
Theology as Hermeneutic
222

A Theological Patchwork Quilt
54
The Foundation of Theology
57
The Use of the Bible in Theology
66
Stages of Reorientation
70
The Strange Unity of Two Authors
74
Redemptive History and the Progress of Theology
77
Concluding Comments
78
The Trajectory of Theology
81
The Use of Tradition in Theology
83
The Distant Past
86
Antitraditionalism
87
Antitraditional Traditionalism
91
The Private Bible
92
The Parachurch Church
93
Temporal Piety
95
The Mean between Two Extremes
97
The Use of Culture in Theology
101
The Power and Ambiguity of Culture
103
Modern Culture
106
Populist Culture and Popular Dissent
110
Theological Responsibilities
112
The Use of Reason in Theology
117
Irresistible Beliefs
121
Skepticism and Doubt
129
Internal and External Reason
132
The Theological Past
139
The Magisterial Reformation
144
Martin Luther
146
John Calvin
154
The Reformed Scholastics
162
Jonathan Edwards
171
Geerhardus Vos
181
The Theological Present
191
What Is Postmodern Theology?
193
Evangelical and Postmodern Theology
234
Theology and Publicness
235
Theology and the Critique of Modernity
240
Theology and Pluralism
245
Theology and Liberation
250
Theology Language and the Bible
253
Conclusion
255
The Theological Nature of the Bible
259
Redemptive History
262
Redemptive Revelation
265
Redemptive Theology
268
Structure and Content
270
Theological Narrative
274
Organic Unity
276
A Note on Method
279
The Redemptive Theologian
281
Interpretive Expectations
283
The Community
286
A Suggestion
287
From Biblical Text to Theological Framework
290
The Three Horizons of Redemptive Interpretation
293
The Textual Horizon
295
The Epochal Horizon
300
The Canonical Horizon
303
The Task of Mirroring
310
From Theological Framework to Theological Vision
312
Theology and the Pieces of Culture
315
Theology and the Church
318
Theology and Popular Culture
321
Theology and the Academy
327
Afterword
335
Bibliography
337
Index
357
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