Prophetic Obedience

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Drawing on the documents of Vatican II as well as biblical, theological, and spiritual resources, Hinze seeks to develop a deeper understanding of what it means to foster prophetic obedience in the contemporary church. In the spirit of works by Johann Baptist Metz, Ignacio Ellacuría, Jon Sobrino, Dean Brackley, and Sandra Schneiders, this book advances a practical fundamental ecclesiology that combines a constructive theological argument with an argument for greater lay participation and "grassroots democracy" in the church.

Bradford E. Hinze is the Karl Rahner Chair in Theology at Fordham University in New York. He is a former President of the College Theology Society and the current President of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Practices of Dialogue in the Roman Catholic Church: Aims and Obstacles, Lessons and Laments (2006).

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Prophetic Obedience
Ecclesiology for a Dialogical Church
Bradford E. Hinze
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Prophetic Obedience will make for lively discussion in courses on ecclesiology and give much food for thought to pastoral leaders.
Offers a profound contribution: a notion of prophecy grounded in the mutual receptivity of the Trinitarian divine life. Hinze’s compelling argument makes a major contribution both to theological debates about the reception of Vatican II and to the everyday life of the Church and its struggle for justice.
"... our great dignity derives from baptism, which is accessible to all." Brad Hinze's brilliant, challenging, and sensitive book might well be described as a sustained reflection or a set of variations on this key phrase from Pope Francis's Evangelii Gaudium. A church of dialogue needs always to be a church of prophecy--both ad extra and ad intra--and so it has to be a church as well of prophetic obedience. Hinze makes this point with compelling illustrations and persuasive theology.
Hinze lays out a biblically rich, theologically well-argued, and experientially rooted model of baptismal participation in the prophetic identity and mission of Christ. He rightly hopes that such a theology of prophetic obedience rather than servile submission can help the Church address such negative signs of the times as the alienation within and even from the Church of young people, women, and ethnically marginalized people.
A mandatory book for the whole theological community, but most of all for the laity. Hinze´s excellent reflections will stimulate the people of God to believe they are producers, and not just consumers, of the symbolic goods the Gospel displays through the Church for all.
Pope Francis’ vision of a more dynamic and engaging universal church will require new realities “on the ground” in local parishes and dioceses. Brad Hinze offers theological and practical resources for building such a church, rooted in honest lament for what has been lost and passionate hope for what can still be. For those committed to faith in action and a Church in dialogue with society, this may be the most important theological book of the year.
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