Faith and culture in conversation: One theologian at work
Ryan, T. (2004). Faith and culture in conversation: One theologian at work. Australian eJournal of Theology, 3 (1).
This article proposes that John Thornhill's ongoing interest in the relationship between faith and culture indicates that he can, in a sense, be described as a pastoral/practical theologian who has something to offer us in this field. First, it outlines (with some observations) his approach to theological reflection viewed as a critical conversation around the three themes he explores in Making Australia: Exploring Our National Conversation. Having established a context, the second task is to present an analysis and commentary of the three main theological assumptions that appear to underpin and give cohesion to John's methodology. These are the Spirit of God at work, the importance of beginning with human experience and the dynamic of self-transcendence. The conclusion brings some final comments on John Thornhill as a theologian.