After the gestation period of a woolly Mammoth, in fact, several woolly mammoths, yours truly’s contribution to 21st Century intermediate level theology is about to see the light of day.
Liz Lock has laboured hard to produce ‘The Resurrection of the Word’, a serious upgrade of ‘Beyond the Catechism’. It is longer, but (I hope) more accessible than the original and responds to some of the issues that have emerged since the first text was produced in 2004. If you’re interested you can get it via The Way Books.
As with the original text, there are a couple of guiding principals. One is to explore what happens if you approach traditional Catholic/Christian theology from the point of view of the dominant philosophical/scientific assumptions of the English-speaking world. A second guiding principle is to develop a thought-world relating areas of theology that are otherwise studied under separate headings (God stuff, apologetics, ethics, history, spirituality, etc). This is not revolutionary theology (most revolutionary theology has already been done in the 20th century) but I think there are some good ideas in it. I’m hoping it can help provide a cure for some of the intellectual schizophrenia engendered by inadequate, partisan reading of our Christian past. I’m also hoping that it offers a model of apologetics that converses with modern culture rather than moaning about how awful it is.
So it is intermediate technology. It’s the kind of text that needs to be written about every thirty years. I just happen to be one of the people who wrote it this time round.
Thanks to the many, many people who have been involved in the period of parturition…