The Possibility of Citizen Theology: Public Theology after Christendom and the Enlightenment

Smith, G., Pattison, S. and Brown, M. (2012) The Possibility of Citizen Theology: Public Theology after Christendom and the Enlightenment. International Journal of Public Theology, 6 (2). pp. 1-22. ISSN 1872-5171

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In this article the authors outline and critique two models of public theology in order to advance a new, more helpful, approach. The context is British but the intention is to draw lessons for public theology in the global west. The state of British public theology is briefly surveyed and found to be in some disarray. The most common models—char- acterized as ‘disciple theology’ and ‘liberal activist theology’—are critically analysed and found in significant ways to be inadequate for purpose. The model of ‘citizen theol- ogy’ as an approach to doing public theology is advanced, developed and discussed as an alternate. The central features of citizen theology are put forward for analysis. These include the importance of developing the virtues, creating poetic and parabolic dis- course, and creating imaginative theological categories and theories.

Publication Type: Articles
Uncontrolled Keywords: public theology, models of theology, political theology, tradition, virtue, ethics, poetics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Graeme Smith
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 14:24
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2017 14:17

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