Christian theology in the post-modern era

Knitter, Paul

Responding to postmodemity as one of the "signs of the times," Christians will have to carry out a balancing act between commitment to their own convictions and openness to those of others. This has implication for five areas of Christian theology and praxis. In theological method, we must recognise that ali our beliefs are symbols that tell us something but never everything about God, self, world. In christology, we understand and follow Christ as the Way that is open to other Ways. The Church will be seen as a community that seeks a Reign of God that will always be more than what we now know of it. Ethics will be based on the principles and practice of non-violence: full commitment to moral convictions joined with genuine respect and compassion toward the convictions of others. Such a theology will need to be rooted in a spirituality in which we are "absolutely" committed to truths that we recognise are always "relative" -- a truly eschatological spirituality that is always "on the way."



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April 11, 2012