Interpreting the Postmodern: Responses to Radical Orthodoxy

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Modernity and postmodernity are intensely contested interpretive spaces. In a time, or mood, that many in the industrialized world consider to be "postmodern," what should the contribution of Christian theology be? What are its chances, its challenges, its hopes and limits? This volume represents a collection of approaches by various authors whose work engages the contemporary theological space—modern, postmodern, and otherwise—in ways that are in critical conversation with "radical orthodoxy," but suggesting ...

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Overview

Modernity and postmodernity are intensely contested interpretive spaces. In a time, or mood, that many in the industrialized world consider to be "postmodern," what should the contribution of Christian theology be? What are its chances, its challenges, its hopes and limits? This volume represents a collection of approaches by various authors whose work engages the contemporary theological space—modern, postmodern, and otherwise—in ways that are in critical conversation with "radical orthodoxy," but suggesting alternative approaches and readings. The authors in this volume respond to "radical orthodoxy's" controversial claims about postmodern space in ways that aim to acknowledge the importance of the questions and critiques raised by Milbank, Pickstock, Ward, and others, but that proposes different responses to issue crucial to contemporary theological discourse such as: the difficulty to engage the powerful critiques offered by radical orthodoxy, while resisting the totality of vision and approach, the struggle for justice and against poverty and predatory capitalism, theologies of incarnation, theological gender constructions, participation and presence in the eucharistic liturgy, narrative legitimacy through periodization, the radical nature of ethnic and cultural Otherness, reciprocity and redemption, immanence and transcendence, feminist philosophy of religion, a Jewish feminist re-enchantment of the world, theological eurocentrism, theologies of gift and economic exchange, and constructive theology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567028808
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/19/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author


Rosemary Radford Ruether is the author of numerous works including New Woman, New Earth, Gaia and God, and Women and Redemption. She is the editor (with Rosemary Keller) of In Our Own Voices and Women Healing Earth. She lives in Evanston, IL.

Marion Grau is Associate Professor of Theology at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

1 Charitable interpretation 3
2 Is that all? : gift and reciprocity in Milbank's Being reconciled 18
3 Radical orthodoxy and the heresiological habit : engaging Graham Ward's Christology 36
4 Radical Eurocentrism : the crisis and death of Latin American liberation theology and recipes for its improvement 57
5 The postmodern as premodern : the theology of D. Stephen Long 76
6 "That's not fair" : upside-down justice in the midst of empire 91
7 "A saint and a church for twenty dollars" : sending radical orthodoxy to Ayacucho 107
8 Radical transcendence? : divine and human otherness in radical orthodoxy and liberation theology 119
9 "We must give ourselves to voyaging" : regifting the theological present 141
10 Embodying and emboldening our desires 161
11 "My yearning is for justice" : moving beyond praxis in feminist theology 175
12 Standing at a demythologized Sinai? : reading Jewish feminist theology through the critical lens of radical orthodoxy 197
13 Radical orthodoxy and feminist philosophy of religion 215
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