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CONTENTS Foreword by Bernard Lee Preface: ?In the Vineyard of the Text? PART ONE: ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN 1. What is Practical Theology? Practical Theology is not a ?Thing? Life in the World The People of Our Time Vocation To Be Thoughtful and Attentive A Work ? Not Just a ?Doing? Truth and Goodness A Craft More than a Method On Earth As it is in Heaven Appendix: What is Distinctive about Practical Theology? 2. Scripture and Tradition ? Heaven?s Door Practical Theology and the Art of Interpretation More than Method Alone What Endures? ?Hear, O Israel? The Gift of Tradition 3. On Earth ? Reading the Signs of the Times An Open Book The Signs of the Times ?Tolle, lege!? ? ?Take and Read!? ?Explain Me!? The Event of Understanding A Proposed World God?s Concerns 4. Between Heaven and Earth ? The Life of Faith For the Life of the World Movements of Interpretation (i) What are you saying to me? (ii) My experience is placed in question (iii) What is the text asking of me? (iv) The matter of concern (v) What do you say? How will you Respond? Learning from the Rabbis In the Margins of the Book Houses of Prayer and Study PART TWO: MAY YOUR NAME BE HELD HOLY 1. ?We Will Do and We Will Hear? The Security of Knowing The Risk of Acting The Test of Faith The Answerable Life ?I Do? Doing the Word We Will Do and We Will Hear Binding Heaven and Earth 2. ?Ecce Homo? ? The Human Person: Holy and Like No Other The ?Non-Person? Humanitas Holy and Like No Other Personality The Imago Dei ?I and Thou? 3. ?Can the Wisdom of Heaven Return to Earth?? Levinas?s Life A Survivor?s Question Theology?s About Face ?Being Faced? 4. ?Go and Study? ? ?Go and Do Likewise? To Venture What is the Work of My Life? A Theological Life ?Go and Study? ? ?Go and Do Likewise? For Example A Case in Point Speaking Our Lives PART THREE: YOUR KINGDOM COME 1. ?The Field is the World? ? Practical Theology and the Plurality of Cultures The Apple Culture Contextual Theology Theology and Culture The Mosque The Church of the Holy Sepulcher Holy Week ?The Field is the World? 2. Justice and Mercy at the Gates of the City The Golden Gate The Gates of the City ?Before the Law? Justice and Mercy The Gates of Mercy and the Gates of Repentance ?The Little Act of Goodness? 3. To Dwell Poetically in the World ?Tell Me My Name? The Language of Poetry Creative Intuition The Mystical and the Prophetic The Analogical or Mystical Imagination The Dialectical or Prophetic Imagination Combining the Letters and Naming the World 4. Practical Theology is ?Like a Rolling Stone? ?A Day in the Life of an Alien? Reading the Signs of the Times Border Control Open Borders Searching the Scriptures and Traditions of Hospitality ?And You Welcomed Me? Epilogue: ?Further On Up the Road? Bibliography
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