Justo Gonzalez's A History Of Christian Thought

Decent Essays
When digesting the theologies of Cone and other Liberation Theology types, I found myself arguing that I, as a representative of the white church, had never thought those thoughts. And suddenly, I was convicted that this theology was not for me to absorb, but for me to hear and adopt so the Church could repent and change. Two pages of three hundred and forty six pages in Justo Gonzalez’s work A History of Christian Thought contain information about “Third World Theologies.” This brevity does provide this summation of the various theologies, “…they seek to reconstruct the entirety of theology in such a way that those concerns are reflected at every point. In this they differ from earlier attempts to apply theology to various human problems and situations, and see those problems and situations rather as calls to new departures in theology.” It is in this veering where my interpretations and discoveries impact my ministry…show more content…
The children are important parts of our congregations. And even though they are cared for through our budgets, there is much more to their hearts and hands can transform. Jerome Barryman struggles through generations of theologians to detail what the church’s approach could be as reflected in the history of Christianity’s greatest minds. Is it any wonder then that children continue to disengage from church life as they grow older? As with the Black Liberation Theology, the White church has prescribed their cures. As the children’s voices need to be heard in this generation, perhaps we should look to them to teach us their theology. Barth believed that children are “…apprentices entrusted to adults, who as elders in the church should lead children as God leads them.” Another theologian, Joyce Ann Mercer, believes that when children are thought about as “doers of the Word” instead of receivers of knowledge and as passive learners” they become central to the ministry, worship, and theology of the
Get Access