Drawing on the resources of contemporary systematic theologians Kevin Vanhoozer and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Elmer A. Guzman explores the generative dimension of mission for the formation of doctrine for a church that needs to witness in a pluralistic world. Guzman argues that understanding doctrinal formation and development depends on the missional dimension of doctrinal hermeneutics. In other words, these theological concepts and practices are justified based on the negotiation between theological sources' identity markers and the context's diversity markers. This book shows how perspectives arising from the structural elements in theological methodology shed fresh light on missional theology and the interconnections between the doctrinal loci in theology.
Elmer A. Guzman is an assistant professor of systematic theology at the Theological Seminary of Paraná Adventist College, Brazil.
1. Missional Hermeneutical Models in Christian Theology: The Contextual-Cultural and the Fixed-Dynamic Approaches
2. A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World: The Missional Doctrinal Hermeneutics of Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
3. A Canonical Linguistic Approach: The Missional Doctrinal Hermeneutics of Kevin J. Vanhoozer
4. A Critical Comparison of Kärkkäinen’s and Vanhoozer’s Missional Doctrinal Hermeneutics
Evangelical systematic theologian Vanhoozer and Luther-costal constructive theologian Kärkkäinen are refracted by Guzman's Adventist missiological lens in surprising ways. Readers of The Dialectics of Mission will be invited to revisit their considerations of the coherence and potency of both interlocutors while appreciating the ongoing emergence of Adventist theological and missiological perspectives in the global conversation.
This work engages the fields of missiology and systematic theology by surveying major twentieth-century models of missional hermeneutics and assessing their value for traditionally Christian doctrinal claims. Guzman brings constructive systematic theology and important missiological concepts closer together by providing a valuable perspective on the tensions between claims of universality and contextual understandings of the Christian God.
Elmer Guzman’s work The Dialectics of Mission: Between Vanhoozer and Kärkkäinen provides a highly insightful and illuminating treatment of missional doctrinal hermeneutics by way of a careful study of the works of two highly influential theologians, Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen. Guzman's work is nuanced, clear, engages with an impressive array of scholarship, and makes an important contribution to theological scholarship. Highly recommended!