The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology

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Westminster John Knox Press, Aug 2, 2005 - Religion - 463 pages
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Observing a strange disappearance of doctrine within the church, Kevin Vanhoozer argues that there is no more urgent task for Christians today than to engage in living truthfully with others before God. He details how doctrine serves the church--the theater of the gospel--by directing individuals and congregations to participate in the drama of what God is doing to renew all things in Jesus Christ. Taking his cue from George Lindbeck and others who locate the criteria of Christian identity in Spirit-led church practices, Vanhoozer relocates the norm for Christian doctrine in the canonical practices, which, he argues, both provoke and preserve the integrity of the church's witness as prophetic and apostolic.

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Vanhoozer's book explores how theology guides and shapes the Christian's efforts to live out their faith. This book is both challenging and exciting to read! One particularly fantastic aspect of this ... Read full review

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Christianity is foremost a testimony of the great theo-drama: God’s communicative acts (finding their pinnacle in Christ) for the redemption of humankind. These acts comprise not only Christian ... Read full review

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The Way of Truth the Stuff of Life
The Divine Voice and Actor
The Human Voice and Actor
A Dramatic Proposal
The Canon as Covenant Document
Two or More Kinds of Performance
Scripture and Tradition in Theo
The Company of the Gospel
Creeds Confessions and the PastorDirector
Selected Bibliography
Index of Names
Index of Subjects

The Work of the Spirit in the Practices of the Canon
Index of Scripture References

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Kevin J. Vanhoozer is Research Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has previously taught at Wheaton College and the University of Edinburgh. In addition to The Drama of Doctrine, Vanhoozer is the author or editor of several books.

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