Theology and Praxis: Epistemological Foundations

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In this book Clodovis Boff rigorously and passionately erects the methodological scaffolding that is necessary to construct a true theology of the political, a true theology of liberation. Much of the book is devoted to clarifying and articulating the boundaries of the relationships among theology, the political, the social sciences, hermeneutics, and praxis. As an element of that constructive work, Boff carefully points out the past and present theoretical shortcomings of political theology and the theology of ...

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Overview

In this book Clodovis Boff rigorously and passionately erects the methodological scaffolding that is necessary to construct a true theology of the political, a true theology of liberation. Much of the book is devoted to clarifying and articulating the boundaries of the relationships among theology, the political, the social sciences, hermeneutics, and praxis. As an element of that constructive work, Boff carefully points out the past and present theoretical shortcomings of political theology and the theology of liberation. Thus the book fills a methodological void that has hampered the full development of a theology of the political, and it blazes a path beyond what the author calls the "first phase" of liberation theology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608990801
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 412

Meet the Author

Clodovis Boff, born in 1944 in Concordia, Brazil, is a member of the Servite order and a professor at the Catholic University of São Paulo. He devotes part of his time to working with the poor of Brazil in basic Christian communities and to giving theological assistance to clergy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Adolphe Gesché xiii

Preliminary Note xix

Preface xxi

Part 1 Socio-Analytic Mediation

Chapter 1 A Correct Status Questionis: The Reference to Praxis 3

1 Approaches to be Excluded 3

2 Proposed Approach: A Reference to Praxis 4

3 The Classic Theology of "Social Morality" 8

4 The Cultural Imperative of Socio-Analytic Mediation 10

5 Marx's Critique of Theology 12

6 Two Regimes of Theological Practice 14

7 Ideo-Political Vigilance and Other Consequences 17

Chapter 2 Formal Establishment of Socio-Analytic Mediation 20

8 Empiricism: Absence of Socio-Analytic Mediation 20

9 Methodological Purism: Exclusion of Socio-Analytic Mediation 24

10 Theologism: Substitution for Socio-Analytic Mediation 26

11 Semantic Mix: Faulty Articulation of Socio-Analytic Mediation 27

12 Bilingualism: Unarticulated Socio-Analytic Mediation 29

13 The Constitutive Relationship between the Sciences of the Social and the Theology of the Political 29

14 Extension of the Theoretical Field of Theology 31

Chapter 3 Difficulties on the Side of Faith: The Ideological 35

15 Socio-Analytic Mediation: Ideologization of Faith? 35

16 Some Precisions 37

17 Toward a Right Use of the Notion of "Ideology" 41

18 Theology: A Regional Language 44

19 Theology of History 48

Chapter 4 Some Concrete Details: Practice of Socio-Analytic Mediation 51

20 Theology of the Political, Sciences of the Social: A Deontological Code 51

21 Historical Materialism 55

22 Criteriology for the Choice of Social Theory as Socio-Analytic Mediation 57

23 Toward a Savoir-Faire of the Practice of Socio-Analytic Mediation 60

Part 2 HermeneuticMediation

Chapter 5 Theological Pertinency: Word of Revelation 67

24 Theological Nonpertinency 67

25 The Process of Theoretical Practice 70

26 Theology as Disciplined Knowledge 73

27 Theology of the Political and its Archeology 78

25 Complex Order of Articulation between the Theology of the Political and the Sciences of the Social 84

Chapter 6 Objectivity of Theology: Order of Salvation 91

29 The Epistemological Approach 91

30 Order of Salvation: The "Real" of Theology 93

31 Appropriation of Salvation: Practice of Agape 100

32 Theological Logocentrism 104

Chapter 7 Theological Theory: Order of Knowledge 109

33 The Theological Difference 109

34 The Theological Difference in the Theoretical Project of Thomas Aquinas 114

35 Faith and Religion: Christian Identity 117

36 "Language Play" of Theology as a Whole 124

37 Specific "Language Play" of the Theology of the Political 127

Chapter 8 Hermeneutics: Constitution of Theological Pertinency 132

38 Three Acceptations of Hermeneutics 132

39 The Hermeneutic Circle 135

40 A Hermeneutics for Theology of the Political: Possibility and Necessity 139

41 Two Unacceptable Models of Hermeneutic Mediation 142

42 Alternative Model: Correspondence of Relationships 146

43 Two Attitudes toward Hermeneutic Practice 150

Part 3 Dialectic Of Theory And Praxis

Chapter 9 The Theologian's Social Commitment 159

44 Theology and Social Context 159

45 Difference between Social Locus and Epistemic Locus 162

46 Relationship between Social Locus and Epistemic Locus 164

47 Models for a Vital Synthesis of Theology and Politics 168

Chapter 10 Thematic Relevance of Theology 175

48 Where Theory Begins 175

49 Notion and Establishment of Relevance 178

50 Relevance as a Critical Position 182

Chapter 11 Political Objective of Theology 186

57 Disinterestedness or Interest of Theory: An Analytic Difference 186

52 Disinterestedness and Interest of Theory: A Real Relationship 189

53 Conclusions from the Preceding Three Chapters 193

Chapter 12 Praxis as Criterion of Truth 195

54 Context of the Question: The Course of "Political Theology" 195

55 Theological Criteriology 198

56 Pistic Criteriology 201

57 Articulation of Theological Criteriology with Pistic Criteriology 204

Chapter 13 Dialectic: Its Modes and Norms 206

58 Initial Definitions 206

59 Two "Keys" of Dialectic 207

60 Perichoresis and Chorismos between Theory and Praxis 210

61 Dialectical Movement and its Rules 213

62 Theology of the Political within the Greater Circuit of Dialectic 216

63 Who Has the Last Word? 219

Summary of Conclutions 221

General Epistemological Principles and Approach 221

Part 1 221

Part 2 225

Part 3 229

Notes 233

Bibliographic References 337

Index 371

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