Opening the Field of Practical Theology introduces students to practical theology through an examination of fifteen different approaches-ranging from feminist to liberationist, Roman Catholic to evangelical, Asian American to Latino/a. After an introduction to the field of practical theology and its broad range of practice today, the book features chapters written by leading experts in the discipline. Each chapter has an identical structure to facilitate comparison, covering historical context, key features and figures, norms and sources of authority, theory-practice, contexts, interdisciplinary considerations, areas of current and future research, and suggested readings. Opening the Field of Practical Theology is an ideal introduction to the field, highlighting the diverse ways practical theology is engaged today.
1.Introduction 2.African American Practical Theology, Dale P. Andrews 3.Asian American Practical Theology, Courtney T. Goto 4.Contextual Theology as Practical Theology, Stephen Bevans, S.V.D. 5.Empirical Practical Theology, Richard Osmer 6.Evangelical Practical Theology, Andrew Root 7.Feminist and Womanist Practical Theology, Joyce Ann Mercer 8.Hermeneutics in Protestant Practical Theology, Sally A. Brown 9.Hermeneutics in Roman Catholic Practical Theology, Claire E. Wolfteich 10.Liberation Practical Theology, Katherine Turpin 11.Neo-Reformation Practical Theology, Gordon Mikoski 12.Postmodern Practical Theology, Tom Beaudoin 13.Religious Practices in Practical Theology, Don C. Richter 14.Roman Catholic Pastoral Theology, Kathleen A. Cahalan 15.US Latino/a Practical Theology, Hosffman Ospino 16.White Practical Theology, Tom Beaudoin and Katherine Turpin 17.Conclusion