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The creative suggestions offered in this book should encourage its readers to enrich their understanding of the interplay between faith and reason.
Mannion’s work offers a good summary of ecclesiology today.
This book will be especially helpful and informative to those who want to keep abreast or read the history of Roman Catholic ecclesiological debates in the last several decades. For those who want to understand some of the questions that ecclesiologists as well as ecumenists are grappling with in our time, this book also provides a very good overview and is written in a commendable way, at once critical but respectful, pointed but never polemical.
Anglican Theological Review
Mannion’s emphasis on the importance of dialogue and love, as well as his desire for the continuance of fruitful ecumenical engagement, make him a thinker for which Protestants can be thankful. Furthermore, the breadth of his style introduces the reader to a plethora of interesting thinkers and their work, as well as to important trends within Roman Catholicism. Ecclesiology and Postmodernity would thus be a helpful text to include in a course or bibliography dealing with ecclesiology from either a Roman Catholic or a Protestant perspective.
Reviews in Religion and Theology
This is a welcomed contribution to our understanding of the Church.
Catholic Library World
The seeming ease with which Mannion integrates the thinking of such a wide array of theological minds—ancient, classical, modern and postmodern—is a credit to the author and a veritable treasure for the reader.
A breath of fresh air in ecclesiology! Gerard Mannion deftly analyzes the tempestuous and toxic currents associated with postmodernity and the stifling ecclesiological responses that simply compound the problems. His alternative is to fully engage postmodernity by developing an ecclesiology that is genuinely dialogical—ecumenically, interreligiously, interculturally, and, often the most challenging, among leaders and members within the church—and thus provides the basis for a profoundly virtuous ecclesiology that forms individuals into a community of disciples with a dynamic sense of identity as witnesses, prophets, and healers in the world.
Bradford E. Hinze, Professor of Theology, Fordham University, New York