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Postliberal Theology and the Church Catholic: Conversations with George Lindbeck, David Burrell, and Stanley Hauerwas Paperback – April 1, 2012


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801039827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801039829
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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How does postliberalism relate to Roman Catholic theology? More specifically, how reliant is postliberalism on what happened at Vatican II? This work examines the Roman Catholic roots of postliberal theology, centering on conversations with three of the most important North American theologians in the last half of the twentieth century:

George Lindbeck (PhD, Yale University), formerly Pitkin Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology at Yale University

David Burrell, CSC (PhD, Yale University), Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC Professor in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame and professor of ethics and development at Uganda Martyrs University

Stanley Hauerwas (PhD, Yale University), Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University

Postliberal Theology and the Church Catholic not only offers insight into the contingent histories of three seminal theologians but also places postliberal theology within the broader stream of the great tradition of the church.

"A powerful and much-needed defense of Christian 'postliberalism' as central to the unity of the church catholic. . . . Wright shows how the words of Lindbeck, Hauerwas, and Burrell serve as best witness for the defense, and his own words brilliantly join theirs to the ressourcement of Congar and de Lubac. . . . Wright's book marks a new day (and new names) for 'postliberal' theology, now Protestant and Catholic, and more urgent than ever. The book is amazing."
--Peter Ochs, Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia

About the Author

John Wright (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is professor of theology and Christian Scriptures at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. He is also senior pastor of The Church of the Nazarene in San Diego and author of Telling God's Story: Narrative Preaching for Christian Formation.

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An ambitious enterprise in accessible form, John W. Wright's latest book, Postliberal Theology and the Church Catholic, performs an innovative reading of twentieth century ecumenical theology by exploring the rich undercurrents and achievements of dialogue for Protestant-Catholic unity. In the first two chapters Wright clarifies his charged terms of reference ("postliberal") in order to articulate the "silent shifting of tectonic plates" that incited their contested emergence; by weaving a "thick" description of "post-medieval" doctrinal aggiornamento (innovation within tradition), Wright provocatively sketches a miniature cultural history in hopes of resourcing a renewed twenty-first century return to the ever-urgent prospect of visible unity in the "church catholic." From pre-WWII ecumenism and French nouvelle theologie to postmodern individual expressionism and analytic Thomism, this survey of the cultural landscape surrounding Vatican II ends by convincingly tracing the bleak origins of American institutional transformations (the rise of "religious studies" departments) that still define the liberal Protestant colonization of academic and pastoral God-talk.

Such a multifaceted genealogy forms an important backdrop for presenting the intriguing substance of his book, nothing short of eighty pages of interviews with the triumvirate of Yale-educated "postliberal" theologians: George Lindbeck, David Burrell, and Stanley Hauerwas.
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