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Faith, Hope, Love, and Justice

The Theological Virtues Today

Edited by Anselm K. Min
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Lexington Books, Lanham, MD, United States
Published: 28th Mar 2018
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm d 19mm
Weight: 562g
ISBN-10: 1498577113
ISBN-13: 9781498577113
Barcode No: 9781498577113
Faith, hope, and love, traditionally called theological virtues, are central to Christianity. This book renews faith, hope, and love in the context of the many contemporary challenges in many unique ways. It is an ecumenical collection of papers, equally divided between Catholic and Protestant positions, that seek to radically renew the classical doctrine of faith, hope, and love, and argues for their essential connection to the praxis of justice. It contains eight different approaches, each represented by a distinguished theologian and addressing different aspects of the issues and followed by insightful and critical responses. It does not merely seek to renew the theological virtues but to also reconstruct them in the demanding context of justice and the contemporary world, nor is it simply a treatise on justice but a theoretical and practical reflection on justice as vital expressions of faith in God, hope in God, and love of God. A non-dogmatic and non-ideological approach, it accommodates both conservative and liberal positions, and avoids the separation of the theological virtues from the demands of the contemporary world as well as the separation of justice talk from the theological context of faith, hope, and love. It seeks above all to renew, not merely repeat, the classical doctrine of faith, hope, and love in the contemporary context of the urgency of justice, and to do so ecumenically, comprehensively, and from a variety of perspectives and aspects.

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This eye-catching and appetizing book, emanating from a series of papers at a conference held at Claremont Graduate University in April 2016, gives a hybrid of perspectives on the biblical concepts of faith, hope, and love in the context of justice. . . . the book is an informative and worthwhile exploration of various perspectives on faith, hope, and love for an enhancement of justice in the contemporary world. It is an essential contribution to theological, philosophical, and practical academics, and indeed to contemporary religious engagements. It will be useful for both graduate and post-graduate students, and every seminary library will do well to acquire a copy. * Reading Religion * These incisive re-readings of the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love in the light of the challenges of the postmodern world, and the need to engage them with contemporary considerations of justice, make this book a compelling addition to an important nexus in theology today. These essays will continue to be consulted for a long time to come. -- Robert Schreiter, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago Not since the Trinitarian poetics of Charles Peguy and the pastoral insights of Rafael Tello (an overlooked Argentine model for Pope Francis) have Christian thinkers dared to re-think the classical theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity in the light of modern secularizing exigencies as well as the present demands of justice. Anselm Min has assembled an ecumenically rich array of insightful commentators on this critical issue. Readers will be provoked by these timely essays to claim with new vigor and understanding a tradition we cannot afford to ignore. -- Peter Casarella, University of Notre Dame