Unsystematic Theology

When it comes to theology, systems and categories can both serve and hinder. Pastoral/practical theology is not interested in systems. It is interested in taking concrete biblical truth into concrete situations. It is theology done in real time for real life. This is an excerpt from Stephen Pattison’s article, “A Vision for Pastoral Theology.” In […]

Practical Theology and the Messiness of Life

Stephen Pattison wrote an article entitled, “A Vision of Pastoral Theology.” In the article, he┬áplaces practical/pastoral theology in the realm of “soft knowledge.” He argues this type of knowledge comes from wisdom, intuition, and mystery. He further argues that practical theology thrives in the “messiness” of life. It is down to earth and real. Here […]