Practical theology, sometimes called pastoral theology or spiritual theology, is theological reflection which proceeds from divine revelation and focuses on the church's life and its ongoing growth in Jesus Christ.


  • David John Atkinson & David Field, eds. New Dictionary of Christian Ethics & Pastoral Theology. IVP, 1994.
  • Miroslav Volf & Dorothy C. Bass, eds., Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life. Eerdmans, 2001.
  • Thomas Oden, Pastoral Theology. Harper Collins, 1983.

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   Biblical theology | Historical theology | Philosophical theology | Systematic theology | Practical theology