Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Comp Three: Dogmatic Theology

So, yesterday I was locked in a room for 6 hours in order to answer these three questions (written by the inimitable Kenda Dean):

1. One of the most important dogmatic theologians to develop a workable ecclesiology for practical theology is Jürgen Moltmann. Provide an overview of some of the most important themes in Moltmann’s understanding of the church.

2. How would you evaluate Jürgen Moltmann as a practical theologian? What does he offer practical theology in terms of method and his content—and how does Moltmann’s theology and method critique the field of practical theology? What risks do practical theologians incur when we rely heavily on Moltmann as a theological dialogue partner?

3. At dinner one night, you, Jürgen Moltmann, and an “organic intellectual” from the Emergent church network (pick one) fall into a discussion about an issue or a situation that is problematic for the Emergent church in 2005. Track the dinner conversation in dialogue form: How do each of you assess this situation, especially in terms of ecclesiology? What sort of assistance does Moltmann offer you, as practical theologians, in addressing the normative (theological) dimensions of this issue? What advice would you give to Moltmann about bringing his theology into conversation with new paradigm churches?

If you're some kind of freak with lots of time on your hands, I've posted my answers at a Moltmann Yahoo! group here. I don't know, but you might need to be a member of the group to read it...

[UPDATE: That link seems to work only for registered members. Honestly, if you are really jonesing to read my exam, you may need serious pharmaceuticals instead. I'll post one answer above, just to whet your twisted taste buds.]


Blogger Brian said...


Well I must be some kind of freak, but I loved the dialogue between you, Moltmann, and Doug. I found it comical yet informative as someone who is still trying to get a grasp on what it means to be Emergent.

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