Rooted in Jesus Christ

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  • Copyright: 2009-03-15
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co

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Offers a Christian proposal for radical social transformation. / Daniel Izuzquiza here proposes a vibrant interdisciplinary theology from the unique perspective of the "least of these" the poor and extends an invitation to mystical, political, and ecclesial engagement. / In Rooted in Jesus Christ Izuzquiza analyzes the language of theology, the role of social sciences, the transformation of culture, and the churchs approach to politics. To that end he dialogues with some of the main theological proposals of the late twentieth century, from Latin American liberation theology to radical theology in the English-speaking world to European political theology. He also offers a more systematic development of radical ecclesiology, analyzing the sources of the proposal as alternative Christian practices. The result is a groundbreaking call to action and change for the entire church.

Author Biography

Daniel Izuzquiza, SJ, is director of Pueblos Unidos, a Jesuit social center that works for the integration of migrants in Madrid, Spain. He is the author of four books and many articles dealing with the sociopolitical implications of Christian faith, the role of religion in the public realm, and the spirituality of social commitment.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. ix
What Do We Mean by "Radical" Theology?p. ix
Rhizomes and Rootsp. xi
Synopsis of the First Part (Rhizomes)p. xii
Synopsis of the Second Part (Root)p. xiv
Irruption: Theology as Radical Liberation
"What Is Left from Liberation Theology?"p. 3
Conclusionp. 17
Lost in Translation? The Languages of Theology: Lindbeck and Beyondp. 19
What Language for the Church?p. 20
George Lindbeck's Cultural-Linguistic Modelp. 24
Analysis of Lindbeck's Modelp. 26
A Radical Proposal: Theological Narrativep. 34
Conclusionp. 40
Can a Gift Be Wrapped?: John Milbank and Supernatural Sociologyp. 42
Presentation of Milbank's Positionp. 44
Analysis of Milbank's Positionp. 46
A Theological Critique of Milbankp. 49
Toward a "Supernatural Sociology"?p. 55
Conclusion: Can a Gift Be Wrapped?p. 62
Athens and Jerusalem, or Bethlehem and Rome?: John H. Yoder and Nonviolent Transformation of Culturep. 63
Yoder's Theological Viewsp. 64
Yoder's Ethical Viewsp. 67
Eschatologyp. 71
Cultural Transformationp. 72
Authentic Transformation and Revolutionary Nonviolencep. 77
Performing Nonviolence as Authentic Transformationp. 80
Conclusion: Radical Transformation as a Christological Paradoxp. 85
Kenotic Revolution: The Spiritual Politics of Dorothy Dayp. 87
Politics from a Radicalist Perspectivep. 87
A Note on Method: Biography and Theologyp. 89
From Conflict to Synthesisp. 90
Theological Frameworkp. 93
The Politics of Dorothy Day and of the Catholic Workerp. 96
An Integrated Proposalp. 105
Conclusion: Body of Christ as Radical Ecclesiologyp. 108
Irruption: Toward a New Radical Political Theologyp. 111
Summary of the Preceding Chaptersp. 111
Revisiting Metz's Political Theologyp. 116
Framework for Understanding the Relationship between Church and Societyp. 122
Reconsidering Faith-Justicep. 124
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) as a Radical Communityp. 127
Concluding Remarks: Toward a Radical Ecclesiologyp. 129
Initial Meditationp. 133
Sources for the Rootp. 137
The Body of Christ in First-Century Corinthp. 138
The Body of Christ in Thirteenth-Century Liegep. 148
The Body of Christ in Twentieth-Century Romep. 156
Conclusionp. 165
The Sacraments as a Radical Alternativep. 166
Forming the Bodyp. 169
Nourishing the Bodyp. 178
Strengthening the Body: Matrimony and Priestly Ordinationp. 184
Healing the Body: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sickp. 194
Conclusionp. 201
Mystical Roots, Radical Witnessesp. 203
Broken Body: Mother Teresa of Calcuttap. 204
Silent Body: Charles de Foucauldp. 210
Cosmic Body: Pierre Teilhard de Chardinp. 215
Transfigured Body: Archbishop Oscar Romerop. 219
Conclusionp. 224
A Radical Counter-Politicsp. 225
Methodological Considerationsp. 226
The Interrelation between the Two Levels of Discoursep. 229
The Body Is Fragile: Active Nonviolencep. 231
The Body, the Head, and the Feet: Politicsp. 241
The Body Breathes: Economicsp. 251
The Body and the Members: Culturep. 264
Conclusionp. 275
Concluding Meditationp. 278
Christ of the Rootsp. 279
Radical Practices in the Body of Christp. 281
Indexp. 284
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