H. Lee Cheek, Jr., an AHI Senior Fellow, has published an essay Confronting Modernity: Towards a Theology of Ministry in the Western Tradition for the Wesley Studies Society Monograph Series.
Dr,. Cheek, a United Methodist minister who served as chaplain in the U.S. Army, also holds a doctorate in political science from Catholic University. He currently is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science and Religion at Athens State University in Athens, Alabama. His books include Calhoun and Popular Rule(University of Missouri Press, 2004).
Professor Cheek’s monograph “seeks to define and explicate a theology of ministry as an attempt to understand God working in the world as part of a persistent dialectical enterprise, grounded in a desire to participate in the ancient conversation between God and the people of God, and to facilitate sharing among the People of God. It is faith seeking understanding, which requires an intellectual appreciation of God, namely, reflective theology. At the center of this activity is faith, which makes the enterprise possible. The foundational element in this worldview is a transcendent God, the creator of heaven and earth. The pursuit of this appreciation must involve a comprehensive view of reality. It must concern itself with life before human existence, the interaction of the creations of God and ultimate heavenly union with God.”