Visions of Hope

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Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council, emerging theologians are in a unique position to offer hopeful visions for the next fifty years in light of the pressing internal and external challenges the church faces today. Rooted in the texts of Vatican II and a deep commitment to the church, Visions of Hope brings together the research of leading young scholars around five important topics: dialogue, ecclesiology, ethics, liturgy, and ministry.

These ideas represent the future shape of the church because they are from the theologians who are planting the seminal ideas of the church of tomorrow.

Contributors include:

  • Charles Ochero Cornelio, President, International Movement of Catholic Students
  • Sandra Arenas Pérez, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belguim
  • Massimo Faggioli, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN)
  • Heather Miller Rubens, University of Chicago Divinity School
  • Sofia Seguel Ñancucheo, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Krista Stevens, Fordham University, New York

Kevin Ahern, Ph.D., is assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College. He has served as President of the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS-Pax Romana), a network of students in over eighty countries. He is editor of Structures of Grace: Catholic Organizations Serving the Global Common Good (Orbis).

Book Details

Visions of Hope
Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church
Kevin Ahern
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... timely indeed - and the 'visions' expressed in it are more relevant than ever, given the recent progress of the Church in the direction the authors envision Undergraduate and graduate theology students alike can benefit from the book's insights and hopeful message.
A useful addition to academic and seminary libraries.
... an excellent companion for those in classroom or study who wish to know the thinking of younger scholars, to look seriously at some major issues facing the church of the future, and to understand how a third generation of conciliar scholars, while appreciating the council, reframe the dichotomous debates that have shaped the previous decade.
I highly recommend this collection of essays, not as providing a last word on anything, certainly, but as offering very intriguing arguments to open thoughtful discussion in college classrooms and parish discussion groups.
"These theologians demonstrate that no field is off limits when seeking to offer hope to a hurting world. In that sense, Visions of Hope demonstrates that there truly is no turning back. Theology must always be rooted in the Gospel and engaged with the world."
". . . I recommend this collection as a good supplemental text for both upper-level undergraduate and graduate course dealng with the second Vatican Council and contemporary Catholic theologies.'
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