R. M. Gill, Theology in a Social Context: Sociological Theology, vol. 1.
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. Pp. vi, 240.
Pb. Â£19.99. ISBN 978-1-4094-2594-6.
R. M. Gill, Theology Shaped by Society: Sociological Theology, vol. 2.
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. Pp. vi, 219.
Pb. Â£19.99. ISBN 978-1-4094-2597-7.
R. M. Gill, Society Shaped by Theology: Sociological Theology, vol. 3.
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2013. Pp. viii, 252.
Pb. Â£19.99. ISBN 978-1-4094-2600-4.
Robin Gill is one of our foremost theologians and sociologists of religion.
His range is phenomenal, covering ethics and doctrine, through to
leadership, mission and ecclesiology. His books on Church growth and
decline have become classics, and are still in print decades on from when
they first appeared. He is also a true pioneer â€“ one of the first British
theologians to see the emerging field of ecclesiology, and begin to deploy
a developed blend of theology and the social sciences in order to offer
illuminating accounts of ecclesial life and praxis. Arguably, Gill is one of
the most adventurous theologians of his generation, able to span ethics,
theology and sociology, thereby placing him among the list of most
influential theologians writing today â€“ and all within the great tradition
of Anglican scholar-priests.
Over the last thirty years, a number of theologians have been using
aspects of sociology alongside the more traditional resources of
philosophy. In turn, sociologists with an interest in theology have also
contributed to an interaction between theology and sociology. The time
is right to revisit the dialogue between theologians and sociologists. In
his new trilogy on â€˜sociological theologyâ€™, Gill makes a renewed contribution to the mapping of three abiding ways of relating theology and
sociology, with the three volumes covering Theology in a Social Context,
Theology Shaped by Society and Society Shaped by Theology.
Modern Believing 56.4 2015