A creative, informative introduction to public theology. Tracing the genesis of critical social theory in Germany's Frankfurt School of Social Research, Simpson explains the ideas of Jurgen Habermas---especially his thoughts on interpretation, praxis, communicative action, and civil society---to show how Christians can use critical theory to recover their prophetic vocation in today's postmodern culture. 178 pages, softcover from Fortress.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 178 Vendor: Fortress Press Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches) ISBN: 0800629167 ISBN-13: 9780800629168 Availability: In Stock
Critical theory explained and espousedSimpson ably introduces critical social theory, the German-born intellectual movement that has spawned sharp criticisms of modernity, its use of reason, and our highly technological, bureaucratic culture. Part 1 recounts the emergence of critical social theory within the Frankfurt School of Social Research and the theological stirrings that the Frankfurt project sparked, especially in Paul Tillich. Part 2 explores J rgen Habermas' reconception and expansion of critical social theory, especially his ideas about hermeneutics, praxis, communicative action, and civil society as the locus of prophetic social movements. Finally, in Part 3 Simpson shows how Christian theology employs critical social theory for the tasks of prophetic reason in a global civil society.Simpson's work is at once a programmatic introduction and a creative theological proposal for public theology.