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The author of the present study argues that every new context challenges the Christian tradition to recontextualise its presentation of meaning and purpose in a cogent and credible fashion. Christians today do themselves a disservice when they withdraw into a world of absolute self-justification. At the same time, however, the author avoids any form of appeal for an extensive adaptation to the postmodern context. Only a new dialoque between tradition and culture, respectful of (and indeed thanks to) the growing division between both, can claim to offer a future.
In the first part of the book the author provides a pithy description of the visissitudes of the Christian tradition in modernity and postmodernity. Against this background, he attempts to clarify the situation in which the Christian tradition finds itself today. The second part of the book is devoted to an analysis of the actual context with a view to establishing points of intersection on the basis of which the dialogue between faith and culture might be revivified. The third part of the book endeavours to provide this dialogue with concrete form. The reader is introduced to a challenging image of Jesus, an image that is contextual and theologically motivated, prior to being invited by the author into a reopened reflection on God. The volume concludes by drawing renewed attention to the place of the Christian faith in relation to the other world religions.
The results of Boeve's study reveal that Christians do indeed have the capacity to reflect on their faith in a credible and relevant manner in relation to the actual context in which they find themselves and without relapsing into the extremes of traditionalism or relativism.
|Part 1.||Christian tradition under pressure||13|
|I.||Tradition and its Development||15|
|II.||Modernity and the Rupture of Tradition||37|
|III.||The Postmodern Context: The Definitive End of Tradition?||51|
|Part 2.||Faith in the postmodern context: open versus closed narratives||65|
|IV.||Identity and Meaning in the Postmodern Context||67|
|V.||Towards an Open Narrative||85|
|VI.||A Christian Open Narrative?||101|
|Part 3.||Foundations of an open Christian narrative||113|
|VII.||Jesus: Interrupting on Behalf of God||115|
|VIII.||Negative Theology: God's Interruption of Christian Master Narratives||147|
|IX.||Christianity Interrupted by the World Religions||163|