Christianity and Critical Realism
Ambiguity, Truth and Theological Literacy
Published September 18th 2012 by Routledge – 326 pages
One of the key achievements of critical realism has been to expose the modernist myth of universal reason, which holds that authentic knowledge claims must be objectively ‘pure’, uncontaminated by the subjectivity of local place, specific time and particular culture.
Wright aims to address the lack of any substantial and sustained engagement between critical realism and theological critical realism with particular regard to: (a) the distinctive ontological claims of Christianity; (b) their epistemic warrant and intellectual legitimacy; and (c) scrutiny of the primary source of the ontological claims of Christianity, namely the historical figure of Jesus of Nazareth. As such, it functions as a prolegomena to a much needed wider debate, guided by the under-labouring services of critical realism, between Christianity and various other religious and secular worldviews. This important new text will help stimulate a debate that has yet to get out of first gear.
This book will appeal to academics, graduate and post-graduate students especially, but also Christian clergy, ministers and informed laity, and members of the general public concerned with the nature of religion and its place in contemporary society.
1. Critical Realism and Dialectical Critical Realism 2. The Spiritual Turn: Transcendence and Meta-Reality 3. Christianity and Critical Realism 4. The Identity of Christianity 5. Trinitarian Theology and Epistemic Relativism 6. The ‘Problem’ of Christian Exclusivism 7. Classical Theism and the Triune God 8. The Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit 9. The Economy of Salvation 10. The Epistemology of Divine Revelation 11. Theological Science 12. Radical Orthodoxy: Beyond Secular Reason 13. Towards a Critical Realist Historiography 14. The Quest for the Historical Jesus 15. Jesus Christ: A Critical Realist Reading
Dr Andrew Wright, Professor of religious and theological education, King’s College London, UK.