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The long-standing division between Barth's theology of revelation and Tillich's theology of human culture has created an impasse. Is there an alternative? In Dogmatics After Babel, Rubén Rosario Rodríguez proposes a third way that's rooted in the work of liberation theologians on the Holy Spirit's role and a comparative analysis of the teachings of God's hiddenness in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
|Title: Dogmatics After Babel: Beyond the Theologies of Word and Culture|
By: Ruben Rosario RodrÃguez
Number of Pages: 275
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
|Publication Date: 2017|
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Stock No: WW261650
Rubén Rosario Rodríguez addresses the long-standing division between Christian theologies that take revelation as their starting point and focus and those that take human culture as theirs. After introducing these two theological streams that originate with Karl Barth and Paul Tillich, respectively, Rosario asserts that they both seek to respond to the Enlightenment's critique and rejection of Christianity. In so doing, they have bought into Enlightenment understandings of human reality and the transcendent.
Rosario argues that in order to get beyond the impasse between theologies of the Word and culture, we need a different starting point. He discovers that starting point in two sources: (1) through the work of liberation and contextual theologians on the role of the Holy Spirit, and (2) through a comparative analysis of the teachings on the hiddenness of God from the three "Abrahamic" religions --Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Rosario offers a strong argument for why this third theological starting point represents not just a marginal or niche position but a genuine alternative to the two traditional theological streams. His work will shift readers' understanding of the options in theological discourse beyond the false alternatives of theologies of the Word and culture.
Rubén Rosario Rodríguez is Associate Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University, where he also serves as International Studies Director for the Mev Puleo Scholarship Program. He is the author of Racism and God-Talk: A Latino/a Perspective and Christian Martyrdom and Political Violence: A Comparative Theology with Judaism and Islam.
"In the cacophony of a theological Babel, Rosario Rodríguez provides us with an inclusive pneumatological path forward - one which embraces our theological diversity. Skillfully moving beyond normative Eurocentric revelational and anthropological theological approaches, he leads toward a liberative spirituality capable of preserving human dignity and emancipating the oppressed. A must read for those seeking harmony."
Miguel A. De La Torre, Iliff School of Theology, Professor of Social Ethics & Latinx Studies
"This is a challenging and daring book. It dares ask two axial questions that organize and guide the authors reflections: What happens to doctrinal language when we accept theological diversity as normative? And what happens when we stop viewing theological pluralism as a problem to be solved (Babel) and embrace it as a gift of the Spirit (Pentecost)? Rubén Rosario's tour de force is insightful and brilliantly argued. I recommend this volume without hesitation."
-Orlando O. Espin, University Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Diego.
"In this book, Rubén Rosario Rodríguez develops an elegant and compelling account of the challenges facing contemporary theology and outlines a constructive way in which these challenges can be met. In doing so, he threads the needle between a postliberal concern for the self-revelation of God given in Scripture and mediated through the Christian tradition, and a postcolonial concern for the contextual and power-laden nature of all speech about God as well as the need for theology to attend to nonwestern, nonChristian, and marginalized voices."
Luke Bretherton, Professor of Theological Ethics and Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University.
"Attentive to tradition and sensitive to recent developments, Dogmatics after Babel is a provocative and wide-ranging contribution to conversations about how to speak about God with truth and humility in a cultural situation that seems to make such speech impossible."
Matthew Lundberg, Professor of Religion, Calvin College.