The New Catholicity

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In the 1970s and 1980s new theologies, called “liberation,” and “local” or “contextual” theologies, erupted where the Enlightenment theologies of Europe and North America failed to respond to people’s needs.  Now, “globalization” sweeps over the world with technologies that compress time and space, where cultures homogenize even as new particularisms arise.

Following on his widely-acclaimed Construcint Local Theologies, Robert J. Schreiter’s The New Catholicity takes a close look at this complex and rapidly changing environment and traces the issues that are reshaping theology today. Encompassing recent developments in anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and communication theory The New Catholicity explores the many aspects of globalization that challenge Christianity as it enters its third millennium.

"Strongly recommended."--Religious Studies Review

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 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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The New Catholicity
Theology between the Global and the Local
Robert J. Schreiter, C.PP.S.