The Analogical Imagination

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The Analogical Imagination

Christian Theology and the Culture of Pluralism

An essential addition to any serious theological library. David Tracy looks at the culture of pluralism, and introduces his influential concept of the "classic," as well as his idea of the difference between analogical and other ways of viewing the life of faith. 

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“David Tracy’s Analogical Imagination explores the philosophical and methodological underpinnings of systemic theology. Citing works of philosophy, psychology, and literary criticism, the author argues that analogy—rather than dialectic imagination—has the power to promote theological truth within a public forum. In doing so, Tracy writes, ‘analogical imagination’ also fosters religious pluralism by articulating the similarities between faiths with theological differences. The book also introduces the notion of ‘the classic,’ a person, text, event, melody, or symbol that speaks to its contemporary context while also retaining a timelessness that stretches one's horizon.”
—The Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University

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"The Analogical Imagination is the second volume of one of the most ambitious theological projects in the world . . . [It] is written with such modesty, breadth of knowledge, and sense of complexity that it is the best among the rare works that try to tackle its subject matter."
The Thomist

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"An extraordinarily rich book revealing the author's mastery of theologies ancient and modern together with a remarkable grasp of the culture within which the theologian is bound to operate today . . . The most valuable contribution to theology and culture since the writings of Paul Tillich."
Theology Today

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"Plunges into the rich pluralism of modern religion—and comes up with a daring strategy of which each major religious tradition can articulate its claim to religious truth."
Newsweek

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"An extraordinary achievement . . . In developing his systematic theology, Tracy, following his critical concept of pluralism, interprets and carries forward the whole of contemporary theology. Tracy theologized in conversation with the entire church."
Religious Studies Review


9780824506940
Paperback / 480 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9
HERDER & HERDER, 1998

Keywords:
Pluralism, Theology, Ecumenism
Categories:
Church, History, Theology