Theology Is for Proclamation

Theology Is for Proclamation

Theology Is for Proclamation

Theology Is for Proclamation

Synopsis

'This book drags systematic theology out of the study, sticks it into the pulpit, onto the altar, and under the waters of baptism so that it proclaims the gospel. It sets limits within which discussions of ministry and ecumenism must occur, if we are to remain proclaimers of the gospel. Forde's work ought to be the centerpiece for years to come, simply because-in his inimitably impatient way-he has it right.' -James M. Kittelson, Professor of History, University of Ohio

Excerpt

The thesis of this book is straightforward. Systematic theology, whatever else it might be for, has to be for proclamation. Not, heaven forbid, that systematic theology is what is to be proclaimed! That, I contend, is precisely one of the more persistent misadventures. Systematic theology, whether good or bad, gets substituted for and displaces proclamation. I contend here that systematic theology, while not itself to be confused with proclamation, should be the kind of thinking that advocates, fosters, and drives to proper proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ; it should be a systematic reflection that promotes the speaking of the promise. Such a systematic theology should be for proclamation in a double sense: it insists on proclamation; and it recognizes such insistence to be its ultimate purpose. That is, if systematic theology is done properly it will leave its practitioners in a position where they can, in order to complete their own task, do no other than proclaim.

My interest in such thought arises from some twenty-five years of teaching in theological institutions. Viewing the outcome of such splendid and strenuous effort one sometimes wonders why the results are so meager. There are always those, of course, who begin to see.

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