In response to methodological vagueness in public theology, I construct a theory of "the fragment" that enables the public theologian to respond adequately to contemporary exigencies and appropriately to traditional self-understandings. After surveying four streams of public-theological thought (chapter one), I consider the debate between David Tracy (chapter two) and George Lindbeck (chapter three). The various observations of these three chapters give way to a suggested criteriology for public theology. I then turn to Paul Ricoeur (chapter four) and Walter Benjamin (chapter five) to assist in constructing a theory of the fragment (chapter six). The thesis defended by this dissertation runs as follows: by re-presenting the classics of their unique theological traditions as a montage-like collection of fragments, public theologians locate a means of navigating the various impasses in contemporary discussions of public theology.
|Commitee:||Haker, Hille, Nilson, Jon|
|School:||Loyola University Chicago|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Benjamin, Walter, Fragment, Lindbeck, George, Public theology, Ricoeur, Paul, Tracy, David|
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