Everybody needs a good theology and praxis. Theology should never be divorced from responsible, obedient action. The Theology and Praxis blog is dedicated to a Sydney based theological reading and discussion group, which meets approximately once a month. The aim of the group is to read and discuss contemporary Christian theology and its impact on church ministry and mission. The group is non-denominational and is open to those in ministry whether ordained, lay or studying. This blog is to facilitate discussion with those who are unable to make the meetings due to distance or ministry commitments. On the blog you will find papers (usually at an undergraduate level) and discussion.

Currently, there are participants from the Congregational, Salvation Army, Anglican, Baptist and Pentecostal (AOG) traditions and a mix of lay, ordained, undergraduates and post-graduates.

Rules for Diablogging:

All comments are to be focused on the issue at hand with particular emphasis being on the implications for Christian faith and practise.

Needless to say strictly no ad hominem argumentation. These will be removed by the administrators of Theology & Praxis. Other fallacious argumentation we’ll leave to be discerned throughout discussion.

Tips for Diablogging:

Like mobile texts, blog comments are a limited communication tool as it is hard to know the emotion or tone of a statement or question. If we are not careful our locutions, perlocutions and illocutions can become confusing or misunderstood. Fruitful dialogue demands discipline.

Dialogue takes place amongst people. Blogs can sometimes remove that personal element in a conversation that we take in through our other senses. Don’t be afraid to share a bit about yourself in a way to help others to get to know you but not to distract from conversation.

In asking questions, be careful not to ask too broad or an open ended question. People may not respond due to the length of time it will take to answer. Help your question along by giving a bit of background and maybe show evidence of your own thinking.

Tips for Reading:

To give a book, essay or article a good and thorough read it takes time and discipline. Sometimes it can take four to five times to fully grasp the author’s arguments, style and achievement. Interact with a piece of literature lightly and then increase the depth of your engagement. Have a ‘skim’ and try to grasp how and why the author presents the material. Examine the contents page, preface or intro, and then the index to see who the author draws upon and what are the dominant references. Before you come to a critical and disciplined reading take the time to engage in these lighter aspects which will help in forming your final critique.

Please contact the administrator for any comments or questions regarding Theology & Praxis.

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