Awake to the Moment

An Introduction to Theology

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Laurel C. Schneider, Stephen G. Ray Jr.
The Workgroup on Constructive Theology
  • Louisville, KY: 
    Westminster John Knox Press
    , September
     250 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Joshua Samuel forthcoming.


Most introductory textbooks in theology see their primary task as explaining Christian doctrines that no one quite understands anymore. While this is one of theology's jobs, it is by no means the only, nor even the most important, one. Theology has also been called to change the world, to help people connect deeply rooted beliefs about the world's source and goal to questions of personal meaning and communal thriving. Theology is here to help us make sense of the complex, flawed world into which we've been thrust and to assist us in our attempt to love our neighbors and live toward the common good.

For more than forty years, the Workgroup on Constructive Theology has brought the liberal and liberationist theological traditions into creative encounter with lived human experience. In this introduction to the methods and tasks of theology, they invite a new generation of readers, many who will have little or no exposure to Christian doctrine, to see theology as a partner in the struggle for a better world. They demonstrate how theological ideas have "legs," playing themselves out not only in religious communities but in the public square as well. Theology, the authors tell us, is constructive when it joins in God's work of building human lives and human societies. Readers will learn to think about all of life in light of their religious commitments and to see theology as an essential tool for a life well lived.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Laurel C. Schneider is Professor of Religious Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Beyond Monotheism: A Theology of Multiplicity and coeditor of Polydoxy: Theology of Multiplicity and Relation.

Stephen G. Ray Jr. is Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the 2016 President of the Society for the Study of Black Religion. He is the author of Do No Harm: Social Sin and Christian Responsibility and coauthor of Black Church Studies: An Introduction.


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