Worldview in Grenz and Franke’s Postfoundationalist, Postmodern Method

A Missional Method for Constructive Theology (Part 9) The next two parts of the series consider what significant evangelical theological methods with underdeveloped conceptions of worldview stand to gain by working with a missiological understanding of worldview. I consider the use of worldview in Grenz and Franke’s Beyond Foundationalism and in Vanhoozer’s The Drama of Doctrine.Continue reading “Worldview in Grenz and Franke’s Postfoundationalist, Postmodern Method”

Worldview in the Missiological Language Game

A Missional Method for Constructive Theology (Part 8) If anything, my survey of the contours of worldview has only established the dizzying ubiquity and ambiguity of the term. A clarified conceptualization remains to be seen, though perhaps what should be clarified is more evident. Moreover, it is evident that what should be clarified depends onContinue reading “Worldview in the Missiological Language Game”

Worldview in Anthropology

A Missional Method for Constructive Theology (Part 7.5) Within the social sciences too, worldview enjoys a diverse history.[1. Despite the oddly reductive portrayal of Sander Griffioen, “The Worldview Approach to Social Theory,” in Stained Glass: Worldviews and Social Science, ed. Paul A. Marshall, Sander Griffioen, and Richard J. Mouw, Christian Studies Today (Lanham, MD: UniversityContinue reading “Worldview in Anthropology”

Worldview in Theology

A Missional Method for Constructive Theology (Part 7.4) Since the early 1980s, there has been a flurry of publication on “the Christian worldview.” This has reflected the lack of clarity about the relationship between philosophy and worldview, adding to the confusion the contested relationship between philosophy and theology. Often, worldview is conflated with the articulationContinue reading “Worldview in Theology”

Worldview in Biblical Studies

A Missional Method for Constructive Theology (Part 7.3) Dilthey is also a major worldview protagonist in biblical studies, though for a different reason. Dilthey was the hermeneutical heir of Friedrich Schleiermacher, and together they are the epoch-makers of modern biblical hermeneutics.[1. See, e.g., Anthony C. Thiselton, Hermeneutics: An Introduction (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009), ch. 8.]Continue reading “Worldview in Biblical Studies”

Worldview in Philosophy

A Missional Method for Constructive Theology (Part 7.2) The word worldview (Weltanschauung) first appeared in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) and quickly developed in different directions.[1. See David K. Naugle, Worldview: The History of a Concept, Kindle ed. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002), for the best overview of the concept available. The following accounts of Husserl,Continue reading “Worldview in Philosophy”

Worldview: Conceptual Jumble or Conceptual Juggernaut?

A Missional Method for Constructive Theology (Part 7.1) Having laid some groundwork in parts 1–6, we come to the primary question: why worldview? The next part, broken into various subsections, overviews the significance of the concept and the particular value of its missiological conception. At first glance, worldview seems to many to be an irredeemableContinue reading “Worldview: Conceptual Jumble or Conceptual Juggernaut?”

An Aside on the Post-Everything Context

A Missional Method for Constructive Theology (Part 6) Many theological methods are concerned with relevance and, as a matter of academic legitimacy, current ideas. Relevance and currency are valid interests, but missional theology assumes that more is at stake in attending to context. Being teleological and participatory, missional theology understands the viability (livability) of theologyContinue reading “An Aside on the Post-Everything Context”

Four Recent Proposals for Missional Theological Method

A Missional Method for Constructive Theology (Part 5) So far, I have sketched my question, thesis, and working definitions of missional, and missiology. In this post, I briefly survey recent proposals for missional theological method from Stephen Bevans, Paul Chung, Stan Nussbaum, and Jason Sexton.[1. When I wrote this survey, Sexton’s book, The End of Theology: ShapingContinue reading “Four Recent Proposals for Missional Theological Method”

Working Definition of “Missiology”

A Missional Method for Constructive Theology (Part 4) Missiology in Theological Perspective Because missiology’s relationship to the rest of the theological curriculum has been uncertain since its inception, the discipline’s definition itself highlights the a methodological question for my approach to missional theology. How does the study of mission relate to constructive theology? The historical transitionsContinue reading “Working Definition of “Missiology””