Spirituality Seeking Theology

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Spirituality Seeking Theology


Pham, Hung T., Theological Studies


Spirituality Seeking Theology. By Roger Haight, S.J. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2014. Pp. xiv + 194. $26.

Examining the decline of Christianity in Western churches, Haight suggests an innovative project to make Christianity and its doctrines once again intelligible, meaningful, and applicable to its faithful today. Between the world of spontaneous Christian living and that of theologians, H. asserts, there exist various dynamics in a "vast sphere of conscious witness and reflection on Christian practice" (1). Prior to theologizing, however, the experience of following Jesus remains the primary source that leads to self-consciousness and language, and serves as a basis for reflection and doctrines. H. therefore proposes that spirituality seeks a theology.

Such a dynamic is reflected not only in the overall structure of the book, but also in the flow of what I see as three movements. Chapters 1 to 3 explore the narrative of the universe and its human species from complementary perspectives of both spirituality and modern sciences. Chapters 4 to 7 focus on Jesus of Nazareth, a mediator of transcendence, and various aspects of his stories of ministry as well as his call to others, all of which remain the principal content and inspiration of Christian faith and practice. …

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