The Theologically Formed Heart
Essays in Honor of David J. Gouwens
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"In this set of essays, Christian practices and theological reflection intersect concretely. That is where their power lies. Theology is powerful when it makes a difference in the world by helping to shape the 'hearts' of communities and individuals. These essays don't theorize about that; they exhibit it concretely in a multitude of different contexts and a rich mix of different frameworks."
--David H. Kelsey, Luther A. Weigle Professor of Theology emeritus, Yale Divinity School, Yale University, New Haven, CT
"Christian believers thrive when nurtured by vital theology. The theological academy needs grounding in actual, concrete Christian communities to be faithful to its vocation. This perennial mutual need is all the more urgent in our increasingly secular context. Readers will find that the essays in The Theologically Formed Heart live up to the title--as the mind is engaged in rigorous thinking, the heart is inclined toward God and neighbor."
--Charles Wiley, Coordinator, Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Louisville, KY
"These essays in honor of David Gouwens are a rich feast. They include something for everyone--academic theologians, leaders of congregations, Christians in the pews, and all those who believe that the exercise of the mind is inseparable from the nurture of the heart. They provocatively discuss developments in contemporary theology, issues in Reformed theology and the life of the church, and the continuing significance of the writings of Soren Kierkegaard. This is an excellent resource for college and seminary classes and adult education in the church."
--George Stroup, JP Green Professor of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
"This Festschrift invites the reader into a rich conversation with great scholars, past and present. This conversation ranges widely in topic and methodologies, but is focused around the theme of critically engaging culture with theology and Scripture. Hence, scholarship is always at the service of deeply committed, self-giving Christian living. Thoroughly recommended for classroom and pulpit."
--Merryl L. Blair, Senior Lecturer, Stirling Theological College, University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia