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Franke’s Character of Theology 6

This is our last post on Franke’s book, The Character of Theology. Here’s my overall assessment:
The book exposes themes that penetrate deeply into the fabric of doing theology and deserves to be read, especially by students who have teachers who disagree with Franke. Some kind of endorsement, I know, but Franke puts on the tables so many issues that simply have to be discussed, and are frequently simply ignored. Not fair to students.
A brief on chp 5
The purpose of theology is to participate in the work of the Spirit by assisting the community of Christ’s followers in its missional vocation to live as the people of God, namely, as a Christ-centered missional community, in the particular social-historical context in which it is situated. Within that Spirit-led task, theology will always pursuse unity and truth. [Those who get bent out of shape by the emerging leaders denying truth, need to read this last chapter and listen to what is being said more carefully.]
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Again, the above is a quote from p. 188 and sums up the chapter.
Franke locks horns with the issue of community and individualism, and does a good job of surveying how both terms are understood today. Communities have a shared frame of reference, a group focus in an ongoing conversation, and the group shapes a person’s identity.
A person’s identity is shaped by the community narrative that is constitutive. This reminds me of the conversion theorists who say conversion is whatever a community says it is. The community focus derives from the social God (here is indebted to Grenz). [Someone may know, but Franke avoids perichoresis — know why?]
He emphasizes the missional focus of the community and therefore of theology since theology reflects on the community’s beliefs.
Franke ends the book on the themes of diversity (a real good section here) and on how beliefs are justified, and he simply avoids the typical approach to this and finds it in a postfoundational mode: an ongoing participatory process involving convictional communities rather than something to be accomplished objectively in a once-for-all fashion. Most will see what he is getting at here. The Spirit shapes justification of beliefs.
Overall, I really like this book and hope you all buy it.

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posted September 25, 2005 at 6:07 pm

I picked the book up at the conference. I just started reading it today. I have found your thoughts helpful in navigating through this read. Thanks.

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Sivin Kit

posted September 26, 2005 at 12:19 am

Now I’ll definately buy the book once it arrives in our bookstores!

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ted gossard

posted September 28, 2005 at 6:56 am

Scot, thanks for reviewing this book. This has opened me up to considering Franke’s views more. I have been prejudiced due to my lack in understanding what a post-foundationalist view means.
I was wondering how helpful the book edited by Penner is on this subject. Seems like the layout was conducive to more interaction between Christian philosophers and theologians regarding foundationalism, post-foundationalism. I think Franke contributes in that book.

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John Frye

posted September 28, 2005 at 8:45 pm

Scot, you’ve done us all an invaluable service by reviewing and recommending Franke’s book. I appreciate your comments and your questions.

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