August 14, 2018

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The Dramatizing of Theology: Humanity’s Participation in God’s Drama

Recently Dr. Matthew Farlow published a book that traces the thoughts of Balthasar and Barth so as to enter into theological truth of God’s Being-in-Act. This exploration embarks on a journey into the reality of our Triune God who has engaged his creation so as to elicit fellow actors. God seeking out humanity is God with us, a truth that not only informs our theological endeavors, but invites us into the dramatic performance of reconciliation. As Farlow illumines, God is an acting God who seeks fellow participants in his ongoing drama of salvation. Through the dramatizing of theology, the church and her theologians come to realize God’s threefold movement—revelation, invitation and reconciliation. It is a unified act that startles humanity, and thus theology, out of its “spectator’s seat,” so as to drag it onto the world’s stage. As Farlow discusses, it is through the dramatizing of theology that we find ourselves best equipped to participate faithfully in the role of a lifetime.

Dr. Matthew Farlow is Professor of Cultural Theology, Reconciliation & Justice Specialist in the Department of Cultural & Contextual Theology in the School of Theological Studies at Missional University. His academic credentials include a B.A in English/History, University of California/Davis, (USA); M.Th. in Global Development and Justice, Multnomah Biblical Seminary (USA); and a PhD in Theology and Literature, University of St. Andrews (UK).

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