Thursday, May 30, 2024

Lost & Found: Public Theology in a Secular Age by Michael A. Milton -- BOOK BEGINNING



Lost & Found: Public Theology in a Secular Age by Michael A. Milton

Thank you for joining me for Book Beginnings on Fridays. Please share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week. You can also share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you are not reading it right now.

Some argue the case from anecdotal evidence and others from social research.
— from the author's introduction to Lost & Found: Public Theology in the Secular Age by Michael A. Milton (2024, WIPF and Stock Publishers).
The content of Lost & Found: Public Theology in the Secular Age is presented with a primary concern for the glory of God and the good of His creation.
—from the author's Preface.
The Lord instructed Isaiah to cry aloud and spare not: the truth of God applied to the presenting issues in the most public form possible.
— from chapter one, Cry Aloud and Spare Not: The Meaning of Public Theology and the Secular Age.

I gave three teasers from the beginning of this book to try to introduce it properly. Lost & Found is a new nonfiction book aimed theologians — pastors, professors, seminary students, etc. Still, even though the target audience may be professionals, or professionals in training, it is interesting for any Christian looking for a biblical response to social issues. 

The book sounds interesting to me, so I am happy to get a review copy. My first step was to look up what "public theology" means because it is not a term I am familiar with. The clearest definition google found for me says public theology is "a critical reflection on faith and its implications for society." Wikipedia has a pretty good article explaining public theology

Michael A. Milton is a Presbyterian minister, retired US Army Chaplain, professor, and author. Lost & Found also includes contributions from theologians John Frame, George Grant, Peter Lillback, and John Panagiotou. 


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The Friday 56 is a natural tie-in with Book Beginnings. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your featured book. If you are reading an ebook or audiobook, find your teaser from the 56% mark.

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—from Lost & Found:
Economics and the pursuit of monetary gain have become idols and an end unto themselves. The Church Fathers, earlier, and Calvin, later, taught economics and wealth-building as a means to the end of advancing the Kingdom of God.
Food for thought, for sure!

No one doubts we have quickly moved to what Charles Taylor called "a secular age." How do Christian pastors, professors, seminary students, and others respond to the myriad issues now facing the Body of Christ? Following on a biblical and reformed understanding of public theology, Milton along with trusted theologians . . . not only provide biblical responses to the issues of our time but in doing so give the Church a method, a way, to conduct faithful Gospel ministry in an increasingly hostile post-Christian world. A must for classes on ethics, sociology of religion, pastoral theology, and serious-minded Christians seeking insight that they might "Understand of the times."

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