Constructing Local Theologies - Revised

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In the thirty years since Constructing Local Theologies first appeared, it has been the basic handbook for anyone interested in understanding the theological implications of cultural pluralism. While the themes of inculturation and contextualization have been increasingly familiar, the insights of this groundbreaking work remain startlingly fresh and original. The proliferation of local theologies and the emergence of voices from the margins continue to challenge traditional assumptions that the theology of the dominant culture is universal and undetermined by context.


Praise for the original edition:

 “Constructing Local Theologies is the most perceptive, innovative, and balanced treatment of the subject to date. By identifying and clarifying the basic theological and culturological issues involved, Schreiter has facilitated and significantly advanced the dialogue between theology and social sciences. A most welcome milestone.” —Louis J. Luzbetak, S.V.D.

 “This is the first major work on this topic and it will be received with deep gratitude by all engaged in creating or studying local theologies.”—Arnulf Camps, O.F.M.

 “An excellent tool for all persons concerned with listening carefully to a culture so that the gospel message takes deep root.” —Marcella Hoesl, MM

Robert J. Schreiter (1947-2021) was a priest and member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. He published many books in the areas of inculturation, world mission, and reconciliation, including The New Catholicity, Reconciliation: Mission and Ministry in a Changing Social Order, and The Ministry of Reconciliation: Spirituality and Strategies (all from Orbis)He also edited African Faces of Jesus and Mission in the Third Millennium and co-edited Peacebuilding (with R. Scott Appleby and Gerard F. Powers). A past president of both the American Society of Missiology and of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Father Schreiter also served as dean of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

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Constructing Local Theologies
30th Anniversary Edition
Robert J. Schreiter
New Introduction by the Author