Academic journal article Theological Studies

Hope in Action: Subversive Eschatology in the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx and Johann Baptist Metz

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Hope in Action: Subversive Eschatology in the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx and Johann Baptist Metz

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Hope in Action: Subversive Eschatology in the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx and Johann Baptist Metz. By Steven M. Rodenborn. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014. Pp. 364. $39.

Rodenborn tracks Metz's and Schillebeeckx's publishing careers in text-by-text, chronological order so as to demonstrate both theologians' evolutions from sanguine appropriators of modern secularism to critical proponents of prophetic, practical eschatology for a threatened humanity and planet. R. eventually arrives at accurate characterizations of Schillebeeckx's mature eschatology as prophetic, grounded in "protology" and Christology, and of Metz's as apocalyptic, grounded in a practical fundamental theology. While articulating their differences, R. also insightfully demonstrates how Metz's deployment of the practical categories of memory, narrative, and solidarity as disruptive of modern apathy functions analogously to Schillebeeckx's notion of "contrast experience."

The book's six chapters are each devoted to one or the other theologian--chapter 1 to Metz, chapters 2-4 to Schillebeeckx, and chapters 5 and 6 to Metz again--rehearsing the respective theologian's arguments, along with discussion of philosophical influences to his evolving thought. Footnotes often provide further detailed treatment of the philosophical and theological interlocutors, making the work a useful resource for the study of Catholic European theology in the second half of the 20th century. …

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