1. Orientation: Or, After the Fall  in  To Understand God Truly

Book Chapter by David Kelsey

The author addresses the question; what is theological about theological education? His audience for the book is students in the early stages of theological. His objective is that the book be accessible, in plain English, and to engage the reader in an ongoing conversation. In addition, he wishes to sugge3st the ways to think about the issues, and to sketch a particular theological view as to the nature and functioin of the theological school.

5. Utopia  in  To Understand God Truly

Book Chapter by David Kelsey

In this chapter the author invites the reader to join in a thought experiment about what some theological school known to them is and ought to be. He identifies three central issues which need to be resolved in this experiment. He suggests that the Christian “thing” is present in concrete reality “in and as various Christian congregations or worshiping communities in all their radical pluralism.” Finally, he lays out the nature and purpose of the remaining chapters.

6. Borrowed Language  in  To Understand God Truly

Book Chapter by David Kelsey

In this chapter the author prepares the reader to deal better with the rest of the book by carefully defining the concepts of “pluralism,” “understand,” “action,” and “practice.” In ordinary usage these concepts are remarkably vague, but as applied to the book’s proposal they are to be used only by the analysis given here.

7. Congregations  in  To Understand God Truly

Book Chapter by David Kelsey

In this chapter, the author refines the thesis that a theological school is a community of persons trying to understand God more truly by focusing its study within the horizon of questions about Christian congregations. He explores, in detail, what constitutes a congregation and why it is the appropriate arena.