Public Theology: Its Pastoral, Apologetic, Scientific, Political, and Prophetic Tasks

In: International Journal of Public Theology
Author: Ted Peters 1
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  • 1 Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, United States

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Abstract

This blueprint for a constructive public theology assumes that Christian theology already includes public discourse. Following David Tracy’s delineation of three publics—church, academy, culture—further constructive work leads to a public theology conceived in the church, reflected on critically in the academy, and meshed with the wider culture. Public reflection on classic Christian doctrines in a post-secular pluralistic context takes the form of pastoral illumination, apologetic reason, a theology of nature, political theology, and prophetic critique.