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Title: A generous theology : reinterpreting convertive piety as trinitarian participation in the work of Stanley J. Grenz
Author: Smith, Jay Todd
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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Stanley 1. Grenz (d.2005) was a leading North American Evangelical theologian at the time of his death. This thesis argues that the concept of 'convertive' piety was at the heart of Grenz's theological project and by the time of the publication of his final work, the concept of convertive piety had been reinterpreted as 'trinitarian experience' . This thesis chm1s the process of that reinterpretation, by examining important aspects of Grenz's work and their relationship to this process of reinterpretation. Chapter one describes Grenz's self-understanding as a Baptist, an Evangelical and a Pietist. This chapter reveals how indebted Grenz was to his own theological tradition and gives context to Grenz's elevation of 'convertive piety' to the centre of his theological construction. Chapter two describes Grenz's understanding of the postmodern turn and why this understanding is important to the development of his concept of convertive piety. Indeed, chapter two proposes that Grenz, after engaging the postmodern critique, cast convertive piety as the basis for a theo-epistemology. Chapter three is titled, "Prolepsis and Perichoresis, Pm1 I: The Influence of Pannenberg" and Chapter four is titled, "Prolepsis and Perichoresis, PaJ1 II: The Appropriation of Pannenberg. Chapter three specifically examines how Grenz understood Pannenberg through his distillation of his mentor's thought in the monograph, Reason for Hope. Chapter four specifically examines the manner in which Grenz appropriated Pannenberg's thought in his own constructive work. Together, these two chapters describe Pannenberg's influence on Grenz's work, specifically on how Pannenberg's understanding of Trinity, anthropology and eschatology influence Grenz's understanding of convertive piety as the Christian reality. Chapter five, "Proposals" is the concluding chapter and it extrapolates implications of the thesis for Christian experience, epistemological opportunity, eschatological reality and trinitarian community.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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