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ISBN-13: 978-1589010826
ISBN-10: 1589010825
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"[Heyer's] scholarship, precision, and fairness deserve praise. This is an important book, one that despite U.S. focus would be very useful in other contexts... In addition, it is pleasant (and all too rare with academic studies) to find that the book is well written and could be read profitably and without difficulty by nonacademics."―Theological Studies


"Kristin Heyer's first book provides a lucid, fair-minded analysis of a major fault line within contemporary U.S. Catholic social ethics and practice. Her well-researched treatment of major representatives of prophetic vs. public forms of U.S. social Catholicism both on the level of theory (e.g., Bryan Hehir and Michael Baxter) and practice (e.g., Pax Christi, NETWORK, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) grounds a judicious and persuasive case for critical collaboration between these different approaches. Anyone interested in grasping the terrain of U.S. Catholic social ethics or public theology today, and in discerning ways beyond internicene conflicts that detract from Catholics' shared vocation to solidarity within a suffering world, will delight in and benefit from Heyer's fine work."―Christine Firer Hinze, associate professor of Christian ethics, Marquette University

"Heyer's careful work opens up fresh avenues of conversation about the possibilities and limits of public theology by developing a vision of social witness rooted in the hope of common ground."―Margaret Pfeil, assistant professor of theology, University of Notre Dame

"With careful attention to particular and well-chosen scholarly voices and advocacy groups, the author succeeds in presenting a study that is, as claimed, critical, comparative and constructive."―David O'Brien, Professor of Roman Catholic Studies, department of history, College of Holy Cross

"Kristin Heyer touches many bases―theology, philosophy, law, and advocacy groups―in developing her understanding of public theology and the social witness of U.S. Catholicism. Not all will agree with every aspect of her analysis and approach, but everyone must appreciate the helpful contribution she has made to this important discussion by bringing into the dialogue an analysis of the work of three Catholic advocacy groups."―Charles E. Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, Southern Methodist University, and author of The Moral Theology of Pope John Paul II

"I have taught and written on many of the issues Heyer covers but have never been able to put together, in such a concise and clear manner, the relevant theory, practice and ethical guidelines. The combination is quite impressive. I would use it in a course I taught on religion and politics and recommend it highly to students."―John A. Coleman, SJ, Casassa Professor of Social Values, Loyola Marymount University


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Product Details

  • Series: Moral Traditions
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press (June 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589010825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589010826
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Prophetic & Public: The Social Witness Of U.S. Catholicism by Kristin E. Heyer (Assistant Professor of Christian ethics in the Department Theological Studies as Loyola Marymount University) seeks to answer the question "What is the appropriate relationship between religious beliefs and public life?", particularly with regard to the United States, founded on a commitment to religious tolerance. Looking to the example of the Catholic Church and prominent Catholics Michael Baxter and Bryan Hehir, as well as U.S. Catholic advocacy groups The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, NETWORK, and Pax Christi USA, Heyer applies the discourse of public theology to evaluate what constitutes appropriate religio-political engagement. Through her search for norms in case studies, she seeks an equitable balance between Catholic theological belief and the need for public action upon urgent theological issues. A serious-minded, well-reasoned discourse.
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