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Global Dictionary of Theology

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With a shift in the center of Christianity from the West to the global South, there’s a need for more awareness of worldwide theological perspectives. With 250 articles written by over 100 contributors, this volume presents the spectrum of opinions and new facets of truth about faith that have emerged.

Theological dictionaries are foundational to any theological library. But until now there has been no Global Dictionary of Theology, a theological dictionary that presumes the contribution of the Western tradition but moves beyond it to embrace and explore a full range of global expressions of theology.

The Global Dictionary of Theology is inspired by the shift of the center of Christianity from the West to the Global South. But it also reflects the increase in two-way traffic between these two sectors as well as the global awareness that has permeated popular culture to an unprecedented degree.

The editorial perspective of the Global Dictionary of Theology is an ecumenical evangelicalism that is receptive to discovering new facets of truth through listening and conversation on a global scale. Thus a distinctive feature of the Global Dictionary of Theology is its conversational approach. Contributors have been called on to write in the spirit of engaging in a larger theological conversation in which alternative views are expected and invited.

William A. Dyrness, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Juan F. Martinez and Simon Chan edit approximately 250 articles written by over 100 contributors representing the global spectrum of theological perspectives.

Pastors, theological teachers, theological students and lay Christian leaders will all find the Global Dictionary of Theology to be a resource that unfolds new dimensions and reveals new panoramas of theological perspective and inquiry. Here is a new launching point for doing theology in today’s global context.

Global Dictionary of Theology
A Resource for the Worldwide Church
• Editors: William A. Dyrness, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
• Associate Editors: Juan F. Martinez, Simon Chan
• Publisher: InterVarsity Press (2008)

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October 12, 2015  |  7:51 PM   |    Good (4)
This is a very well written and broad resource. I was a bit disappointed that this volume still felt very very western based. Other voices are there but all that I have seen so far (only a few dozen articles so far) still start from a solid western point of view and sprinkles in a few other voices. I found the articles very good, but I was hoping to hear more from "others", rather than "this is what others believe." I would recommend this as a solid resource (they articles are fantastic), just a few fewer voices than I had hoped for.