Coda

Here’s the last paragraph of my dissertation: 

If theology is to truly be systematic, having coherence and integrity with God’s identity and his work in this world, such divisions as exist between the church and academic theology must be overcome. It is only by listening to both that theology can, in fact, be transformative. Indeed, I would argue that for theology to be truly Christian—reflecting the revelation of Christ—it must be transformative. I would also argue that for the church to be truly Christian—reflecting the work of the Spirit—it must be transformative. To be transformative, theology must take into account the whole of life and its expressions, the whole ecology of the cosmos in its varied forms of expression and encounters. To be transformative, the church must take into account who God is and how God works in, with, and for this world. A transformative theology requires a transformative church and a transformative church insists on a transformative theology—a holistic expression of a messianic movement initiated by God in history and expressed even in our day among those who are saved by Christ, a salvation that awakens life in, with, and for this whole world. It is in this experience of such a church that we become who we are called to be, who all are called to be, in and for this world, now and into eternity.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.[1]


[1] Rom. 12:21. Cf. Moltmann, “Sun  of Righteousness,” 16.

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