Invitation to Practical Theology: Catholic Voices and Visions

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Invitation to Practical Theology: Catholic Voices and Visions


Ross, Deborah, Theological Studies


Invitation to Practical Theology: Catholic Voices and Visions. Edited by Claire E. Wolfteich. New York: Paulist, 2014. Pp. xi + 386. $24.95.

This volume is an important contribution to the burgeoning discipline of practical theology. It is the first edited volume on practical theology that focuses exclusively on the voices of Catholic theologians in the United States in a field historically considered the purview of Protestant theology. Wolfteich brings together eighteen scholars from various fields, including moral, philosophical, and systematic theology. The collection is essentially dialogical: it demonstrates the symbiotic relationship of pastoral practice and theology, and it advocates for a mutual and significant relationship between Catholic practical theology and Catholic theology more generally. W. also emphasizes the need for collaboration among the academy, church, and society.

In the first section, Kathleen A. Cahalan and Bryan Froehle show the historical contexts of Catholic practical theology. This is juxtaposed with the exploration of epistemological considerations relating to the discipline (Colleen M. Griffith) and the merits of a revised correlational method within practical theology (David Tracy). In the second section, attention turns more explicitly to practice and context, with emphasis placed upon everyday experience and concrete practice as sources for practical theology. …

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