Christian Practical Wisdom

What It Is, Why It Matters

Dorothy C. Bass, Kathleen A. Cahalan, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, James R. Nieman,
and Christian B. Scharen
(Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., May 2016)
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Christian Practical WisdomFor too long, embodied practical wisdom has taken a backseat to abstract theoretical knowledge in the study of Christian theology. Seeking to correct that imbalance, five distinguished experts in practical theology here examine the oft-neglected practical knowledge that is essential for true theological understanding and faithful Christian living.

After first showing what Christian practical wisdom is and does in several real-life situations, the authors then engage in a scholarly conversation on why such practical wisdom matters and how it operates, exploring reasons behind its decline in both the academy and the church and setting forth constructive cases for its renewal.

“This creative and compelling case for Christian practical wisdom practices what it preaches. The authors ‘show’ and ‘tell’ how a more holistic kind of knowing — beyond academic expertise — is essential to an authentic and living theology.”
— Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Calvin College

Learn more about the authors and their work together on Eerdmans’ blog.
Read more about the book on Insights into Religion.
Read reviews on Reading Religion and The Englewood Review of Books.

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“Christian Practical Wisdom invites its readers to ponder deeply and live with greater intentionality. This substantive and beautifully composed book deserves to be read slowly, allowing the authors’ insights to take root and germinate. May their learned experience and religious depth enrich all who read this magnificent text.”
— Mary C. Boys, Union Theological Seminary, New York City

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