The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism

The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism

The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism

The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism


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For a long time, Christians have tried to bridge the divide between Christianity and secular liberalism with philosophizing and theologizing. In The Priority of Christ, Bishop Robert Barron shows that the answer to this debate—and the way to move forward—lies in Jesus. Barron transcends the usual liberal/conservative or Protestant/Catholic divides with a postliberal Catholicism that brings the focus back on Jesus as revealed in the New Testament narratives.

Barron's classical Catholic post-liberalism will be of interest to a broad audience including not only the academic community but also preachers and general readers interested in entering the dialogue between Catholicism and postliberalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540964847
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 251,506
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robert Barron (STD, Institut Catholique de Paris) is auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He founded Word on Fire, a Catholic ministry of evangelism, and previously served as rector of Mundelein Seminary and president of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. Barron has written numerous books, including Catholicism, Exploring Catholic Theology, 2 Samuel in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series, The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path, and Heaven in Stone and Glass.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Introduction: The Grandmother, the Misfit, and the One Who Throws Everything Off
Part I: Iconic Christology
1. Jesus as Symbol
2. The Jesus of History
3. Doctrine and Narrativity
Part II: The Narratives
4. The Gatherer
5. The Warrior
6. King
Part III: The Epistemic Priority of Jesus Christ
7. The Scriptural Warrant
8. Modern Foundationalism
9. Natural Theology
10. The Nature of the Christ-Mind
Part IV: The Noncompetitively Transcendent and Coinherent God
11. Thomas and James
12. The Distinction
13. God as Giver and Lover
14. Augustine, Aquinas, and the Trinity
Part V: The Display of the Christian Form: Ethics by Means of the Saints
15. Deontologism and Proportionalism
16. The Breakthrough
17. Edith Stein: Elevated Courage
18. Thérèse of Lisieux: Elevated Prudence
19. Katharine Drexel: Elevated Justice
20. Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Elevated Temperance
Conclusion: The Moment That Gives the Meaning
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