Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine
by Kevin J. Vanhoozer
In this volume, highly esteemed scholar Kevin Vanhoozer introduces readers to a way of thinking about Christian theology. He argues that theology is not merely a set of cognitive beliefs, but is also something we do that involves speech and action alike.
Vanhoozer uses a theatrical model to explain the ways in which doctrine shapes Christian understanding and forms disciples. The church, Vanhoozer posits, is the preeminent theater where the gospel is “performed,” with doctrine directing this performance. Doctrines are not simply truths to be stored, shelved, and stacked, but indications and directions to be followed, practiced, and enacted. In “performing” doctrine, Christians are shaped into active disciples of Jesus Christ. He goes on to examine the state of the church in today’s world and explores how disciples can do or perform doctrine.
Doctrine ministers understanding: of God, of the drama of redemption, of the church as a company of faithful players, and of individual actors, all of whom have important roles to play. In an age where things fall apart and centers fail to hold, doctrine centers us in Jesus Christ, in whom all things hold together.
Led by Dan Raisch
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