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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 23, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2003

E. Harold Breitenberg, Jr.
Pages 55-96

To Tell the Truth
Will the Real Public Theology Please Stand Up?

Public theology has been praised for being in keeping with the best of the Christian theological tradition and denounced as a distortion of the church's true calling. However, it is not clear that public theology's advocates and critics always refer to the same thing. In this paper I seek to clarify and refine the conversation by comparing and contrasting descriptions of public theology with other related terms, describing three main types of public theology literature and two main areas of concern they address, proposing a definition of public theology based on a consensus within the field, outlining four basic critiques, and suggesting some implications for the continuing discussion of public theology.

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