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Excerpts from Rollin Grams' Rival Versions of Theological Enquiry, Chapter 5 (Part 4)

This is the fourth and final post presenting material from my (Rollin Grams') Chapter Five: Rival Versions of Enquiry into the Pragmatic Task of Theology' in Rival Versions of Theological Enquiry (Prague: International Baptist Theological Seminary, 2005).

V. Three Rival Versions of Contextual Missiology
What stands as a 'modernist' approach in mission theology and practice will for many be any approach that is colonial, that does not respect or appreciate the local context.  But a 'modernist' approach in mission theology would probably better be described in terms of the two 'totalising narratives' of which Francois Lyotard speaks, the idealist and the liberationist narratives.  If so, then colonial and postcolonial mission theologies would both function as examples of a modernist approach.  The one brings its pre-packaged 'ideology' to a new context and clears the land so as to establish what it brings without the slightest alteration.  The other…

Excerpts from Rollin Grams' Rival Versions of Theological Enquiry, Chapter 5 (Part 3)

This is the third post presenting material from my (Rollin Grams') Chapter Five: Rival Versions of Enquiry into the Pragmatic Task of Theology' in Rival Versions of Theological Enquiry (Prague: International Baptist Theological Seminary, 2005). One subsequent post will continue material from this chapter.
IV. 'Theological Reflection' and the Pragmatic Task
‘Theological reflection’ is a phrase used by various scholars for the movement in theology that affirms beginning with practice and experience.  The word 'reflection' has come into common parlance in theological circles: 'Biblical reflection,' 'theological reflection,' 'reflective practice.'  Behind this term is a hermeneutical position: that enquiry can be thought of as reflection rather than, e.g., interpretation of texts, rational argument, application of a system of belief, and so forth.  Robert Kinast has explored ‘theological reflection’ as a way of doing theology in five ‘styles’:…