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  • The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology

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  • The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology

    Edited by

    Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore

    A John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Publication

  • This edition fi rst published 2012 2012 Blackwell Publishing Limited

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    HB: 9781444330823The Wiley-Blackwell companion to practical theology / edited by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore. p. cm. (Wiley-Blackwell companions to religion) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-4443-3082-3 (hardcover : alk. paper)1. Theology, Practical. I. Miller-McLemore, Bonnie J. II. Wiley-Blackwell (Firm) III. Title: Companion to practical theology. BV3.W53 2012 230.01dc23 2011018165

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  • To Mark, for hesed through thick and thin


    To those who have inspired or who now join in the bold venture of capturing, characterizing, and transforming faith in action

  • Contents

    Notes on Contributors xi

    Introduction: The Contributions of Practical Theology 1Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore

    Part I Way of Life: Shaping Faith among Believers in Home and Society 21

    1 Suffering 23Pamela Cooper-White

    2 Healing 32Susan J. Dunlap

    3 Playing 42Jaco Hamman

    4 Eating 51Dorothy C. Bass

    5 Loving 61Herbert Anderson

    6 Consuming 70Katherine Turpin

    7 Blessing 80Christian Scharen

    Part II Method: Studying Theology in Practice in Library and Field 89

    8 Case Study Method 91Daniel S. Schipani

    9 Psychological Theory 102Lee H. Butler, Jr.

    10 Hermeneutical Theory 112Sally A. Brown

  • viii CONTENTS

    11 Quantitative Method 123Hans Schilderman

    12 Congregational Studies 133James R. Nieman

    13 Ritual Theory 143Edward Foley

    14 Social Policy 153 Pamela D. Couture

    15 The Use of Scripture 163Paul Ballard

    16 Poetics 173Heather Walton

    17 Emancipatory Theory and Method 183Nancy J. Ramsay

    18 Feminist Theory 193Elaine Graham

    19 Womanist Theory 204Evelyn L. Parker

    20 Narrative Approaches 214R. Ruard Ganzevoort

    21 Ethnography 224Mary Clark Moschella

    22 Participatory Action Research 234Elizabeth Conde-Frazier

    23 Theories of Practice 244Ted A. Smith

    24 Action Theories 255Robert Mager

    Part III Curriculum: Educating for Ministry and Faith in Classroom, Congregation, and Community 267

    25 Pastoral Care 269Barbara McClure

    26 Homiletics 279John S. McClure


    27 Worship 289Don E. Saliers

    28 Religious Education 299Carol Lakey Hess

    29 Religious Leadership 308Michael Jinkins

    30 Evangelism 318Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr.

    31 Spirituality 328Claire E. Wolfteich

    32 Ethics 337Miguel A. De La Torre

    33 Contextual Education 347Emily Click

    34 Systematic Theology 357Mary McClintock Fulkerson

    35 Historical Theology 367James M. Brandt

    36 Biblical Theology 377Michael Joseph Brown

    37 Integration in Theological Education 386Kathleen A. Cahalan

    Part IV Discipline: Defi ning History and Context in Guild and Global Setting 397

    Section 1: Issues, Contexts, and Perspectives 399

    38 Race and Racism 401Dale P. Andrews

    39 Gender, Sexism, and Heterosexism 412Jeanne Hoeft

    40 Globalization, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism 422Melinda McGarrah Sharp

    41 Economics, Class, and Classism 432Joyce Ann Mercer


    42 Disability, Ableism, and Disablism 443John Swinton

    43 Religious Pluralism and Christian-Centrism 452Kathleen J. Greider

    Section 2: Global Developments 463

    44 Continental Europe 465Friedrich Schweitzer

    45 Britain 475Zo Bennett

    46 French Canada 485Solange Lefebvre

    47 The United States 495Richard R. Osmer

    48 South Africa 505Jaco S. Dreyer

    49 West Africa 515Daisy N. Nwachuku

    50 Brazil 525Valburga Schmiedt Streck

    51 South Korea 534Meerha Hahn

    52 Australia and Oceania 544Gerard V. Hall

    Section 3: Traditions 555

    53 Mainline Protestantism 557Gordon S. Mikoski

    54 Roman Catholicism 567Lynn Bridgers

    55 Protestant Evangelicalism 577Charles J. Scalise

    56 Pentecostalism 587Mark J. Cartledge

    Index of Subjects 596

    Index of Names 619

  • Notes on Contributors

    Herbert Anderson , Research Professor in Practical Theology, Pacifi c Lutheran Theological Seminary, and Professor of Pastoral Theology Emeritus, Catholic Theological Union (USA)

    Dale P. Andrews , Distinguished Professor of Homiletics, Social Justice, and Practical Theology, The Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University (USA)

    Paul Ballard , Emeritus Professor in Religious and Theological Studies, Cardiff University (UK)

    Dorothy C. Bass , Director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, Valparaiso University (USA)

    Zo Bennett , Director of Postgraduate Studies in Pastoral Theology, Anglia Ruskin University and the Cambridge