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The Word As True Myth: Interpreting Modern Theology [Paperback]

By Gary Dorrien (Author)
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The author follows the threads of theology through the twentieth century, examining how Christians have reconciled their myth-filled religious beliefs within a world secularized by Enlightenment criticism and science. To understand how religion keeps its place in Christians' lives, the author writes, we must explore how modern theologians have ansered the question of myth in today's Christianity.

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The twentieth century saw a wide variety of theological stands that were often confusing. Gary Dorrien sorts through theological trends by focusing on the notions of Christ and word. He presents the story of recent theology in a narrative style that makes the book ideal for classroom use, integrating the major theologians of the century along with other developments in philosophy and culture.

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Dorrien, who teaches religion at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, weaves a coherent, accessible and generally persuasive account of the development of modern theology, arguing that it has been "in crisis for most of its history." From the opening paragraph of the introduction, he insists that the crisis has been and continues to be a "crisis of belief." Modern theology emerged with the question of whether it is possible to sustain Christian faith in the face of the desacralization of the world by modern science. This desacralization and disintegration led, according to Dorrien, to a "return of the repressed" mythological aspects of Christianity on the part of modern theology. The bulk of the book, however, is devoted to a careful historical account of theological developments that began with Kant, Hegel and Schleiermacher, continued through Karl Barth, Rudolf Bultmann and Emil Brunner, and culminated in Schubert Ogden's appropriation of Bultmann and the "postmodern" turn of liberation and feminist theologies. Dorrien's book will appeal to those who share his commitment to a historical framework within which to understand theology. (Nov.)

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The Word As True Myth: Interpreting Modern Theology by Gary Dorrien has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 10/13/1997 page 71

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1997
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0664257453  
ISBN13  9780664257453  

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More About Gary Dorrien

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! GARY DORRIEN is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and
Professor of Religion at Columbia University. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including the
highly-acclaimed trilogy The Making of Liberal Theology (2001, 2003, 2006), and Social Ethics in the Making:
Interpreting an American Tradition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008, 2010).

Gary Dorrien has an academic affiliation as follows - Union Theological Seminary, USA.

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A critical reading of liberal theology  Jan 15, 2000
In this suprisingly brief work, Dorrien offers a sympathetic yet critical reading of the various positions liberal theologians since Schleiermacher have taken vis-a-vis the role of myth in Christian theology. He demonstrates how this development has been affected by an understaniding of myth itself which has gone from myth as primitive superstition to myth as essential mode of religious expression and existence. As a bonus one gets a fine capsule summary of some of the major themes of theologians such as Barth, Tillich, R. Niebuhr, Bultmann and some other, lesser-known figures. An extended discussion of the evolving work of Langdon Gilkey provides a sort of pivot-point from "classical" liberalism to newer theological projects in which a more muscular notion of transcendence is recovered. The closing chapter offers tantalizing glimpses of a possible future work by Dorrien in the nature of a "new neo-orthodoxy" which goes beyond Barth's theological ghettoism. Included here is a highly salutary though somewhat clipped description of C.S. Lewis' own intriguing notions about the nature of myth in Christian doctrine. Get this one!

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