In Quest of a Vital Protestant Center

In Quest of a Vital Protestant Center

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In Quest of a Vital Protestant Center probes the relationship between Scripture and culture in twentieth-century US theology and biblical studies. It points to the necessity of turning to what Karl Barth has referred to as qthe strange new world within the Bibleq for any revitalization of mainline Protestantism in the tradition of the Protestant Reformers in critical dialogue with serious evangelical theology. The study includes a historical overview underlying what Demetrion refers to as the qfundamentalist/modernist great divide, q which continues to resonate powerfully in contemporary US Protestant thought and culture. Demetrion offers an in-depth exploration of four representative twentieth-century Protestant theologians and biblical scholars, spanning from the conservative evangelical theology of J. I. Packer to the postliberal dialectical theology of Walter Brueggemann. The book includes a chapter on the neo-orthodox legacy as a mediating resource in bringing evangelical and postliberal theology into dialogue with the core issues of theology, biblical hermeneutics, and religious culture. Demetrion concludes with a critically empathetic review of the postliberal dialectical theology of Douglas J. Hall and the evangelical narrative theology of Richard Lints. In linking evangelical, postliberal, and neo-orthodox theology to a common search for a vital Protestant center, this book will facilitate fruitful dialogue among divergent schools of Protestant thought and culture.Herberg, Will. Protestant-Catholic-Jew: An Essay in Religious in Religious Sociology. Chicago: university of Chicago Press, 1983. Hinkle, Mary e. a€œamerican Protestant Preaching: a twentieth-Century Perspective.a€ Word aamp; World 20 (2000) anbsp;...

Title:In Quest of a Vital Protestant Center
Author:George Demetrion
Publisher:Wipf and Stock Publishers - 2014-10-06


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