Theology in the Context of Pluralism and Postmodernity: David Tracy’s Theological Method

  • Werner G. Jeanrond
Part of the Studies in Literature and Religion book series (SLR)


In recent years the American theologian David Tracy has reached prominence far beyond the Divinity School of the University of Chicago where he has been teaching since 1969. His work is read everywhere where critical theology is done, and his books and articles are being translated into a rapidly increasing number of languages. This is not to say that everybody in Christian theology would necessarily agree with Tracy’s method of theologising and with his particular response to the plurality and ambiguity which face Christian theology. But it does mean that, whether ultimately in agreement or not, any serious discussion of theological method and other problems of fundamental theology will at least have to take proper account of Tracy’s proposals.


Christian Tradition Christian Theology Theological Reflection Theological Discourse Liberal Theology 
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