What is it about?
This blueprint for a constructive public theology assumes that Christian theology already includes public discourse. Following David Tracy's delineation of three publics--church, academy, culture--further constructive work leads to a public theology conceived in the church, reflected on critically in the academy, and addressed to the wider culture. Public reflection on classic Christian doctrines in a post-secular pluralistic context takes the form of pastoral illumination, apologetic reason, theology of nature, political theology, and prophetic critique.
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Why is it important?
Public theology is growing in significance as the public asks for religious input on complex social, cultural, and political matters.
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This page is a summary of: Public Theology: Its Pastoral, Apologetic, Scientific, Political, and Prophetic Tasks, International Journal of Public Theology, July 2018, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15697320-12341533.
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