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Faith, hope, and love, traditionally called theological virtues, are central to Christianity. This book renews faith, hope, and love in the context of the many contemporary challenges in many unique ways. It is an ecumenical collection of papers, equally divided between Catholic and Protestant positions, that seek to radically renew the classical doctrine of faith, hope, and love, and argues for their essential connection to the praxis of justice. It contains eight different approaches, each represented by a distinguished theologian and addressing different aspects of the issues and followed by insightful and critical responses. It does not merely seek to renew the theological virtues but to also reconstruct them in the demanding context of justice and the contemporary world, nor is it simply a treatise on justice but a theoretical and practical reflection on justice as vital expressions of faith in God, hope in God, and love of God. A non-dogmatic and non-ideological approach, it accommodates both conservative and liberal positions, and avoids the separation of the theological virtues from the demands of the contemporary world as well as the separation of justice talk from the theological context of faith, hope, and love. It seeks above all to renew, not merely repeat, the classical doctrine of faith, hope, and love in the contemporary context of the urgency of justice, and to do so ecumenically, comprehensively, and from a variety of perspectives and aspects.
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About the Author
Anselm K. Min is professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Challenges and Opportunities for Faith, Hope, and Love Today
Anselm K. Min
Faith, Hope, and Love in the Thought of Pope Benedict XVI
Thomas P. Rausch, S.J.
On the Role of Christian Particularity in Political Theology
Protest against Death: Faith, Hope, and Love: A Theological Meditation
Ingolf U. Dalferth
Beer and Skittles as (Divinely Initiated) Protest?
The Theological Virtues: "And the Greatest of These Is Love"
Stephen T. Davis
The Trouble with Hope and Compensatory Logic in a Kantian Form
Faith, Hope, and Love and the Challenges of Justice
Francis Schüssler Fiorenza
Love and Justice in Non-Dualistic Perspective
Faith, Hope and Love: The Challenge of Colorblindness
Mary McClintock Fulkerson
What about Other Marginalized Communities and Beings?
Grace Y. Kao
Incarnating Faith, Hope, and Love: Theo-Political Virtues and the Common Good
M. Shawn Copeland
Hoping against Hope
Faith, Hope, and Love in an Age of Terror
Elaine A. Robinson
Transcendence and Solidarity: Conditions of Faith, Hope, and Love Today
Anselm K. Min
What If Christians Are Responsible for Their Own Decline?
Paul E. Capetz