We dive into his robust and dynamic definition of theology (looking especially at the role of imagination in theology, and how theology is marked by puzzling proclamations, unexpected tangents and strangeness), we discuss the novel and particular nature of Christian confession, the post-Christendom church, the missional vocation of theology, and much, much more.
This short book aims ‘to clarify questions we are asking about theological education and ministerial formation in the UCA’. …
It does indeed go a long way to asking better questions. The writing is lucid and Thompson is particularly effective in unpacking what can easily become impenetrable theological concepts. Stressing the ‘performative’ vocation of theology, the text engages the critical categories of post-colonial, post-liberal, post-secular and ultimately post-Christendom age/s. Not all with be persuaded by all the arguments but readers are sure to find a stimulus to reflect more deeply and more carefully on the nature of future ministry in the UCA.
The first report of the Joint Commission on Church Union that led to the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia warned: “If we go forward into a union on the basis of a fresh confession of the faith of the Church, we shall disturb much and disturb many”. This book assumes that the posture of ‘disturbance’ runs through the Basis of Union, exploring its theological background – particularly its emphasis on core Christological claims – as well as bringing several of the Basis’ key claims into conversation with some of the UCA’s current theological debates.