Monday, May 28, 2012

John Wright on Postliberal Theology

The following quote comes from a book edited by one of my college professors, John Wright. In 2007 Nazarene Theological Seminary hosted George Lindbeck, David Burrell, and Stanley Hauerwas for an interview/conversation-type night in order to reflect on the intersection of church unity and something called Postliberal Theology. I was there that night, but I am terrible at taking notes during things like this, so I am thankful for this book. The following quote captures the essence (goal?) of Postliberal Theology, namely that the Christian witness of peace is directly related to the question of unity. And that Christians capable of killing other Christians in the name of some other loyalty, be it the state or otherwise, is a problem.

"This theological program grew out of and developed its ecumenical potential as a response to a divided church whose witness was helplessa church that had even supported the devastation that World War II wrought upon the world. For the postliberals Christian language is not merely verbal, but is encoded within the embodied life and practices of the ecclesiastic body and its individual members. The Christian witness to peace is inextricably bound to the ability of the church to live, speak, and confess in harmony. Postliberal theology addresses concerns for unity of the church within a world devastated by violence and war."

- John Wright, Postliberal Theology and the Church Catholic: Conversations with George Lindbeck, David Burrell, and Stanley Hauerwas, 5.

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