Model Theology: An Introduction to Post-Modern Explanation

by Robert C. Brow


We are familiar with with the fact that models can be used represent exterior form, such as model planes, but they can also picture internal systems such as power stations or the human body.

Model theology is a method for analysing and picturing the explanations given by individuals for the religion or ideology that they have adopted. The method was used in Clark H. Pinnock and Robert C. Brow, Unbounded Love: A Good News Theology for the 21st Century, (Downers Grove: InterVarsity and Carlisle, Cumbria: Paternoster Press, 1994).

We can also use model theology to look at different explanations given for one component of a particular religion or ideology. For example a new model for baptism and enrolling disciples in the Christian Church was offered in Robert Brow, Go Make Learners: A New Model for Discipleship in the Church, (Wheaton, Illinois: Harold Shaw, 1981).

This book is an edited collection of articles including some items that were originally posted to the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association Internet discussion ( The chapters are not in a logical order, but each is designed to illustrate some of the many ways of using model theology in the study of the Bible.


  1. Models and Explanation
  2. Models of God and His Love
  3. Creeds and Confessions
  4. Royal Priesthood as a Model of The Church
  5. Models of Sacrifice
  6. Cross and Passover
  7. Models for Advent
  8. Arabs, Jews and the Nations
  9. Models of Murder and Abortion
  10. Criticism and the Gospels