The Collected Works of James Wm. McClendon, Jr.
Imprint: Baylor University Press
Sales Date: 2014-08-31
420 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: August 2014
James Wm. McClendon, Jr. was the most important "baptist" theologian of the twentieth century. McClendon crafted a systematic theology that refused to succumb to the pressures of individualism, grew out of the immediacy of preaching the text, and lamented the stunted public witness of a fractured Protestant ecclesiology.
This two-volume set mixes previously unpublished and published lectures and essays with rare and little known works to form a representative collection of the essential themes of McClendon's work. The first volume focuses on the philosophical and theological shifts leading to McClendon's articulation of the baptist vision. The second volume specifically elucidates the more philosophical themes that informed McClendon's work, including ways in which these themes had immediate theological import. Taken together, the set provides the most comprehensive presentation of McClendon's work now available, revealing the sustained and systematic character of his vision over the course of his life. These two volumes will provide scholars, preachers, and students with McClendon's radical, narrative, and connective theology.
— Volume 2 —AcknowledgmentsForewordIntroduction to Volume 2
Part I: Retrospect§26 Three Strands of Christian Ethics (1978) §27 Distinguishing Modern and Postmodern Theologies (1989)
Part II: Language, Convictions, and Speech-Acts§28 Christian Philosophers or Philosopher Christians? (1968)§29 How Is Religious Talk Justifiable? (1968)§30 Can There Be Talk about God-and-the-World? (1969) §31 Saturday’s Child: A New Approach to the Philosophy of Religion (with James Marvin Smith) (1970) §32 Homo Loquens: Theology as Grammar (1971) §33 ‘Convictions’ after Twenty Years (1995)
Part III: Convictions Made FleshSpeech-Acts as Embodied Narrative§34 Biography as Theology (1971) §35 Theology, Language, and Life: A Christian Perspective (1974)§36 The God of the Theologians and the God of Jesus Christ (1981)§37 Story, Sainthood, and Truth: Biography as Theology Revisited (1982)§38 Narrative Ethics and Christian Ethics (1986)
Part IV: On the Significance of Practices§39 Christian Practices and the Postmodern Philosophical Task (1991) §40 Toward a Conversionist Spirituality (1994) §41 A New Way to Read the Bible (1995) §42 A Practical Theory of Religion (1995)
Part V: Embodying the Great Story in the World§43 Do We Need Saints Today? (1986) §44 Toward an Ethics of Delight (1988) §45 Ethics for a Career (1988) §46 How Can a Christian Be a Law Librarian? (1990) §47 How Is Christian Morality Universalizable? (1991) §48 Picture Eschatology (1995) §49 Taking the Side of the World (2000)
Part VI: Prospect§50 Ten Theses on the Task of Today’s Theology (1989)
Permissions for Volume 2 Scripture Index for Volume 2 General Index for Volume 2
McClendon's explorations in philosophical theology, narrative theology, dogmatics, and ethics serve as excellent introductions to the masterful works of his maturity. His works teach Catholics, Protestants, and baptists alike how to construct a lively Christian theology.~Dr. Terrence Tilley, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology, Fordham University
All concur that James McClendon is the preeminent progressive Baptist theologian of his era. His work is fresh, compelling, and sometimes theologically mischievous.~William H. Brackney, The Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics, Faculty of Theology of Acadia University
The Collected Works of James Wm. McClendon, Jr. is a testament to McClendon’s stature as one of the most significant American theologians of the twentieth century. Readers familiar with McClendon’s work and those coming to it for the first time will discover in these pages an extraordinary ecumenical achievement.~Elizabeth Newman, Eula Mae and John Baugh Professor of Theology and Ethics, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
The editors have done an admirable job not only of collecting nearly four decades of McClendon’s work, but of locating those works in relation to his academic career and his developing theological and philosophical themes. New and Wright have, indeed, provided a rich resource that may, indeed, bring McClendon’s voice back into consultation.~Amy L. Chilton Thompson, American Baptist Quarterly