Fortress Press

Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross


A Practical Theology of the Cross

Andrew Root (Author)


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Finding practical theology not always able to present frameworks for understanding concrete and lived experience with divine action, Andrew Root seeks to reset the edifice of practical theology on a new foundation. While not minimizing its commitment to the lived and concrete, Root argues that practical theology has neglected deeper theological underpinnings.

Christopraxis seeks to create a practical theology that is properly and fully theological, post-postmodern, post-Aristotelian, and that attends to doctrines such as divine action and justification.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451478150
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 260
  • Publication Date April 1, 2014


"Those who have any doubt that the discipline of practical theology is theological should read this book. Root puts theology back into practical theology by offering justification (traditionally viewed as a systematic theological category) as a lens through which to reflect upon concrete practices of the church, concrete experiences of church people, and God’s concrete ministering action in the world. Readers will begin to articulate theologically their own encounters with divine presence and activity. Christopraxis, both the book and what it represents, is a gift for the academy and the church."
—Shauna K. Hannan
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
"Christopraxis represents a major new departure in practical theology by one of the field’s best young scholars. A guiding star for pastors and academics alike."
Richard R. Osmer
Princeton Theological Seminary
"Andy Root lays exciting new groundwork for practical theology. His review of the current field is incisive, and his constructive proposal, based in critical realism, pays refreshing attention to the centrality of divine action in Christian ministry. For the future of practical theology, this is the book to read and conversation to join."
Russell Haitch
Bethany Theological Seminary

"This stimulating and challenging volume advances the claims that theology is grounded in the cruciform ministry of the Triune God and fashioned in the intersections of concrete human affairs, and that ministry is revelatory of God’s being-in-movement. Root’s dogmatic and pastoral instincts inform a renewed and much-welcomed intent to stay on a course recognizably determined by the life of God present and experienced in the world."
Jason Goroncy
Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership
"Root offers a bold challenge to the field of practical theology: get real theologically! His proposal for a critically realistic Christopraxis rooted in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ offers the promise of speaking meaningfully about the realities of divine action in human life. Aiming at nothing less than upending the captivity of practical theology to mere explorations of human religious experience, Root claims that through the lens of justification ordinary believers and practical theologians alike can discern the ongoing ministry of God in human life. Controversial, engaging, fresh, and thought provoking!" 
Gordon S. Mikoski
Princeton Theological Seminary


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