Divine Revolution: Salvation and Liberation in Catholic Thought

Divine Revolution: Salvation and Liberation in Catholic Thought

by Dean Brackley


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Divine Revolution: Salvation and Liberation in Catholic Thought by Dean Brackley

A compelling exploration of one of the central issues - if not 'the' central issue - facing theology in our time: the relation between transcendent salvation and temporal liberation. What does the salvation that the church proclaims mean for the poor of the world? In 'Divine Revolution', Dean Brackley presents in a comprehensive yet manageable way what Catholic theology has to say about this complex and urgent topic. He addresses the historical as well as the systematic dimensions of the question, providing insights that point toward an understanding of the issues that challenge conservative and liberal interpretations alike.

In a work of great daring and clarity, Brackley surveys the confusion surrounding the social-historical dimension of salvation in Catholic thought. He shows the irony of the fact that, after 2,000 years, what salvation means for the poor in relationship to their concrete plight remains a 'quaestio disputata' for official, Magisterial teaching. Going deeply into the relationship of salvation and liberation, Brackley explores the thought of Maritain, Rahner, and Gutierrez to demonstrate how the 'synbolon' of the Reign of God that Jesus announces transcends the tired theological distinctions of all sides in the debate. Drawing from developments in feminist and Protestant theology, as well as contemporary social theory, 'Divine Revolution' offers a fresh understanding of what it means to participate in God's revolutionary reign.

Catholic tradition, Brackley argues, has great potential to articulate a hope which responds to the suffering of the poor in our time. When conventional wisdom says compassion-fatigued Americans are tired of hearing about the poor, Brackley responds, The poor are far more tired of being poor. They, too, would like to move on to other things, but they cannot.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592447107
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Dean Brackley, SJ, (1946-2011) served as Professor of Theology and Ethics and Director of the School for Religious Education at the Central American University, San Salvador, following the massacre of the Jesuits there by the Salvadoran army in 1989. Father Brackley received a PhD in religious social ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1980 and worked for most of the '80s as an educator and organizer for a church-sponsored leadership program in the South Bronx, New York. His articles have appeared in many publications including America, Revista Latinoamericana de Teologia, and Grail.

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