The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism

The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism


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A Major Statement on Christology from Bishop Robert Barron

For a long time, Christians have tried to bridge the divide between Christianity and secular liberalism with philosophy and theology. 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 postliberalism 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. The hardcover edition includes a new preface by the author.

Praise for The Priority of Christ

"Barron's wonderful book The Priority of Christ brings postliberalism back to its Catholic home. . . . A downright lovely book, written with a kind of winsome literary flair that exhibits the inviting clarity of a master teacher. Highly recommended."
--James K. A. Smith, Religious Studies Review

"The book is full of gems worthy of hours of contemplation."
--Mark G. Boyer, The Priest

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801098208
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 308,958
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert Barron (STD, Institut Catholique de Paris) is auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. He founded Word on Fire, a Catholic ministry of evangelism, and has written numerous books, including Catholicism (over 100,000 copies sold), Exploring Catholic Theology, 2 Samuel in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, and The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path.

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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