BOOK REVIEWS Astley, J. (2002). Ordinary Theology. Looking, Listening and Learning in Theology [Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology]. Hants/Burlington: Ashgate. ISBN 0-7546-0583-3. Reviewed by F.-V. Anthony, Rome It could be that you have been thinking about a certain theme or a problem without being able to define it clearly or grasp its importance fully. At such a time, you would consider it providential if a book that lands on your lap throws light precisely on the problem that has been gnawing so long at the back of your mind. Such was my own experience as I poured over this book. Through the simple phrase “Ordinary Theology”, Astley attempts to describe and under- score the relevance of the day-to-day spontaneous theologizing of ordinary believers. In his own words, it stands for “the theology and theologizing of Christians who have received little or no theological education of a scholarly, academic or systematic kind” (56). The reader is convincingly lead to view ‘ordinary theology’ as an appropriate expression for “the con- tent, pattern and processes of ordinary people’s articulation of their religious understand- ing.” (56). In Chapter Three – the central part of his book – the author attempts
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