Theology In A New Key

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"I do not think there are any issues on the theological and human scene more important than the ones liberation theologians are raising," says Robert McAfee Brown. In this book Brown explores how we can respond to liberation theology without condescension, arrogance, or co-optation. He surveys in detail the kind of challenges to North American Christians issued by South American theologians. He then calls upon the church to work to make itself what it ought to be and to take sides politically in support of human rights.

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Overview

"I do not think there are any issues on the theological and human scene more important than the ones liberation theologians are raising," says Robert McAfee Brown. In this book Brown explores how we can respond to liberation theology without condescension, arrogance, or co-optation. He surveys in detail the kind of challenges to North American Christians issued by South American theologians. He then calls upon the church to work to make itself what it ought to be and to take sides politically in support of human rights.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664242046
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1981
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.49 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Chapter 1 Established Harmonies: A Diminished Seventh in Need of Resolution (The Possibility of a New Direction) 19
Established Harmonies 20
The Diminished Seventh 22
Resolving the Diminished Seventh 23
Continuity or Discontinuity? 26
Entertaining the Notion of a New Key: A Roman Catholic Journey 27
Anticipations of a New Key: A Protestant/Orthodox Journey 35
The Possibility of Attentiveness to Theology in a New Key 48
Chapter 2 A Challenge to the Established Harmonies: "The View from Below" (Liberation as a New/Old Note) 50
A Geographical Historical Excursion: From Medellin 1968 to Santiago 1972 52
Characteristics of "The View from Below" 60
1. A Different Starting Point: The Poor 60
2. A Different Interlocutor: The Nonperson 62
3. A Different Set of Tools: The Social Sciences 64
4. A Different Analysis: The Reality of Conflict 67
5. A Different Mode of Engagement: Praxis 70
6. A Different Theology: The "Second Act" 72
A Note Still to Be Sounded 74
Chapter 3 The Melodic Stridency of Scripture: Marx, Luke, and John (From a Hermeneutic of Suspicion to a Hermeneutic of Engagement) 75
The Beneficial Effects of Stridency 76
Recognizing Our "Ideological Captivity" 77
"Hermeneutical Suspicion" 80
"Hermeneutical Circulation" 85
A Hermeneutic of Hope 88
1. The God Who Takes Sides 88
2. "To Know God Is to Do Justice" 90
3. The True Worship 92
4. Liberty to the Oppressed 94
5. The Judgment of the Nations 95
A Hermeneutic of Engagement 97
Chapter 4 Chords of Discord: A Twelve-Tone Scale of Sorts (A Critique of Critiques: Pros and Cons, Sharps and Flats) 101
An Eightfold Sequence of Critiques 102
1. Defensive Critiques 103
2. Total Rejection Critiques 104
3. Oversimplified Critiques 106
4. Pseudo-Issue Critiques 110
5. Reductionist Critiques 114
6. Methodological Critiques 118
7. Co-optation Critiques 123
8. Dialogical Critiques 127
From Critiques to Creative Appropriation 131
Chapter 5 "How Shall We Sing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land?": Discovering the Word of God for Us (What Can We Learn from Elsewhere for Our Situation?) 132
Rehearing "the Lord's Song"--A Threat and a Challenge 133
Resinging Our Own Song--A More Ample Orchestration 135
Rewriting Our Christian Song--Attention to Neglected Themes 138
Redirecting Our North American Song--A New Kind of National Anthem 143
Reorganizing Our Chorus--A Search for New Alliances 146
Chapter 6 Two Cheers for the Church: A Not-Quite Hallelujah Chorus (Is There Still a Role for the Church?) 155
Scenarios for the Future 156
Images for the Future 158
1. The Remnant Within the Remnant 158
2. The Abrahamic Minority 160
3. The Freedom of the Anti-Chameleon 161
Beyond Sloganeering: Can We Enter Into "Solidarity with the Oppressed"? 162
1. Denunciation and Annunciation 163
2. Acts of Solidarity Within the Community 165
3. Hearing the Voice of the Voiceless 172
4. Taking Sides ... Politically 175
5. A Theology of "Letting Go" 179
Two Cheers for the Church 182
First Cheer: Liturgy Can Be Enabling 182
Second Cheer: The Global Family Already Exists 186
The Last Word: The Primacy of Act 187
Notes 189
Annotated Bibliography 199
Index of Names 209
Index of Scripture Passages 212
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