LAY MINISTRY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

RESOURCES FOR GOD TALK


Please look at the following resources before we meet:

I have prepaired a short piece on the major trends in Protestant Theology since the Reformation. Please read:
The Braid of Post-Reformation Theology

The following chart explains the two approaches to Eschatology of the late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. It is needed to understand the difference between Fundamentalism and Liberalism. It is referred to in an article further below on Fundamentalism. This chart is taken from my book A Pilgrim People: A History of the United Church of Christ and Its Antecedents.
Eschatology

In the late Nineteenth Century and early Twentieth Century new trends in theology developed. Here are two sections from my book A Pilgrim People that describe these. The drawback to this resource is that it is confined to the United Church of Christ. However it does give an adequate description of these trends.
A New Theology for a New Day
Fundamentalism

The following link is to a paper I wrote in graduate school on the impact of World War I on Christian theology in Europe. I focus on two persons, Karl Barth and Albert Schweitzer, both of whom were profoundly influenced by the senseless horror of the "Great War." Barth went on to become the most influential theologian of the Twentieth Century. Schweitzer's influence is more difficult to describe.
The Effects of World War I on Christian Thought in Europe

Some of you already have Theology and Identity: Traditions, Movements, and Polity in the United Church of Christ, edited by Daniel L. Johnson and Charles Hambrick-Stowe. If you don't have it, you may be able to borrow it from a United Church of Christ minister. I hope there is no significant difference between the two editions of the book in the sections I am requiring. I would like you to read the following sections:
Process Theology in the United Church of Christ by David M. Stowe
Liberation Theology and the United Church of Christ by M. Douglas Meeks

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