Revisioning evangelical theology: an exploration, evaluation and extension of the theological method of Stanley J. Grenz

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr.Martin Sutherland en
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Nicola Hoggard-Creegan en Harris, Brian S. en 2008-06-30T03:22:23Z en 2008-06-30T03:22:23Z en 2007 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--Theology)--University of Auckland, 2007. en
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dc.description.abstract In spite of the rapid growth of evangelicalism there is a paucity of reflection on its theological method. The transition from modernity to postmodernity, with the accompanying call for a postfoundationalist rather than a foundationalist method, has provided additional challenges to evangelicalism. Canadian theologian Stanley J. Grenz has proposed a model for evangelical theological construction that utilizes scripture, tradition and culture as the sources for theology, and the Trinity, community and eschatology as its focal motifs. He supplements these with the belief that the Spirit guides the church, and that the community of faith will therefore be pneumatologically guided as it communally attempts to discern truth in a changed context. Grenz believes that his theological method moves beyond foundationalism as it appeals to a trio of interacting sources, rather than to the single source of scripture. In exploring and evaluating Grenz' theological method, this thesis tests the research proposition "that Stanley Grenz' theological method effectively revisions evangelical theology." To ascertain the validity of the proposition, it utilizes four evaluative questions which explore the originality, theological coherence, appropriateness and effectiveness of Grenz'method for evangelical theology. The application of his model in his text, Welcoming but Not Affirming, serves as a test case to determine the implications of his method. Concluding that Grenz' model makes only a modest contribution towards revisioning evangelical theological method, the concluding chapters of the research explore ways to supplement Grenz' model to allow a stronger affirmation of the research proposition. Utilizing Wolterstorff's concept of control beliefs, it proposes that Grenz' model would be more effective if he added a control belief to guide his theological construction, and motivates for adopting the control belief the gospel liberates.ln addition, it argues that Grenz' three focal motifs for theology need to be preceded by the gathering motif of the cross, arguing that if seen outside of this gathering motif, the motifs of Trinity, community and eschatology lack adequate substance. Noting the often acrimonious context in which theological revisioning takes place, the research ends with a plea for the empowerment of imagination in theological construction. en
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dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA1731091 en
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dc.title Revisioning evangelical theology: an exploration, evaluation and extension of the theological method of Stanley J. Grenz en
dc.type Thesis en Theology en The University of Auckland en Doctoral en PhD en
dc.subject.marsden Fields of Research::440000 Philosophy and Religion::440200 Religion and Religious Traditions::440204 Christian theology (incl. Biblical studies and Church history) en
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