American Baptist Theologians 2: Stanley J. Grenz

Born 1950. Died 2005

University of Munich, Germany (D.Theol. magna cum laude, 1978)

(1981-1990) Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at the North American Baptist Seminary, Sioux Falls SD
(1990-2002) Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and at Regent College in Vancouver BC
(2002-2003) Distinguished Professor of Theology at Baylor University and Truett Seminary in Waco TX (2003-2005) Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and at Regent College in Vancouver BC

Baptist World Alliance
Doctrine and Interchurch Cooperation Commission, 2000-2005
Ethics Commission, 1986-2000
Theological Education Committee, 1990-2005

Major Publications

The Baptist Congregation Judson, 1985

Reason for Hope: The Systematic Theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg Oxford University Press, 1990. 2nd ed. Eerdmans, 2005.

Twentieth Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age
co-authored with Roger E. Olson InterVarsity, 1992

Theology for the Community of God 1st edition. Broadman & Holman, 1994. 2nd edition, Eerdmans, 2000.

“The AIDS Epidemic and Sin” Baptist Faith and Witness: The Papers of the Study and Research Division of the Baptist World Alliance 1990-1995 ed. William H. Brackney and L.A. Cupit, Samford University Press, 1995

A Primer on Postmodernism
Eerdmans, 1996

The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics
InterVarsity, 1997

Welcoming But Not Affirming: An Evangelical Response to Homosexuality Westminster John Knox, 1998

“The Christian Vision of the Moral Life” Baptist Faith and Witness Book 2: The Papers of the Study and Research Division of the Baptist World Alliance 1995-2000 ed. L. A. (Tony) Cupit Baptist World Alliance, 1999

Renewing the Center: Evangelical Theology in a Post-theological Era (Baker, 2000)

“Wolfhart Pannenberg” The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought ed. Adrian Hastings, Alistair Mason and Hugh Pyper (Oxford University Press, 2000)

“Articulating the Christian Belief-Mosaic: Theological Method after the Demise of Foundationalism” Evangelical Futures: A Conversation on Theological Method ed. John G. Stackhouse, Jr. (Baker, 2000)

“Conversing in Christian Style: Toward a Baptist Theological Method for the Postmodern Context” Baptist History and Heritage 35.1 (Winter 2000): 82-103

Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context co-authored with John R. Franke (Westminster John Knox, 2001)

The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of the Imago Dei (Volume 1 of The Matrix of Christian Theology, Westminster John Knox, 2001)

“Celebrating Eternity: Christian Worship as a Foretaste of Participation in the Triune God” Semper Reformandum: Studies in Honour of  Clark H. Pinnock ed. Anthony R. Cross and Stanley E. Porter (Paternoster, 2003)

“Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as Community Acts: Toward a Sacramental Understanding of the Ordinances” Baptist Sacramentalism ed. Anthony R. Cross and Philip E. Thompson (Paternoster, 2003)

“How Do We Know What to Believe: Revelation and Authority” Essentials of Christian Theology
ed. William C. Placher (Westminster John Knox, 2003)

“Ecclesiology” The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology ed. Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

“Stanley Hauerwas, the Grain of the Universe, and the Most ‘Natural’ Natural Theology” (review essay) Scottish Journal of Theology 56/3 (August 2003): 381-86

‘Toward an undomesticated Gospel: a response to D A Carson’, Perspectives in Religious Studies 30.4 (Winter 2003), 455-461

“The Divine Fugue: Robert Jenson’s Renewed Trinitarianism” (review essay) Perspectives in Religious Studies 30/2 (Summer 2003): 211-16

“(Pop) Culture: Playground of the Spirit or Diabolical Device?” Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture 1/1 (2004)

‘Jesus as symbol: Robert Neville’s christology and the neo-liberal theological project’, Modern Theology 20.3 (2004), 467-473

Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology (Fortress, 2004)

The Named God and the Question of Being: a Trinitarian theo-ontology (Volume 2 of The Matrix of Christian Theology, Westminster John Knox, 2005)

Secondary Literature

Edwin C. Laurenson, ‘Theology, science and postmodernism: responding to Stanley Grenz’, Zygon 35.4 (2000), 907-918

Mark S. Medley, ‘An evangelical theology for a postmodern age: Stanley J. Grenz’s current theological project’, Perspectives in Religious Studies 30.1 (Spring 2003), 71-94

M. Erickson, P.K. Helseth and J. Taylor (eds), Reclaiming the Center: Confronting Evangelical Accomodation in Postmodern Times (Wheaton, 2004)

Archie J. Spencer, ‘Culture, community and commitments: Stanley J. Grenz on theological method’, Scottish Journal of Theology 57.3 (2004)

Princeton Theological Review (Spring 2006)

Jonathan Wilson, ‘Stanley J. Grenz: Generous Faith and Faithful Engagement’, Modern Theology 23.1 (2007)

Jason Sexton, ‘Stanley Grenz’s Relatedness and Relevancy to British Evangelicalism’, Scottish Bulletin for Evangelical Theology 28.1 (Spring 2010)

The Pacific Journal of Baptist Research 6.1 (April 2010)

Jason Sexton, ‘The Imago Dei Once Again: Stanley Grenz’s Journey Toward a Theological Interpretation of Gen 1:26-27’, Journal of Theological Interpretation 4.2 (Fall 2010), 187-206.

Jason Sexton, ‘A Match Made in Munich: The Origin of Grenz’s Trinitarian Theology’, American Theological Inquiry 4.1 (January 2011), 23-46.

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