Journal Article

After the Secular: Toward a Pragmatic Public Theology

Michael S. Hogue

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 78, issue 2, pages 346-374
Published in print June 2010 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online January 2010 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI:
After the Secular: Toward a Pragmatic Public Theology

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In a time after the secular and of rapid religious change, of increasing interreligious contacts and globally scaled, viscerally local moral challenges, questions of public theology have become central for scholars of religion in many fields, as well as for explicitly normative theological projects. In response to this, this article offers the initial contours of a pragmatic public theology that engages global moral challenges amidst the conditions of pluralism and an ethos of religious transformation. I illustrate this pragmatic public theology as an inter-traditional public theological mode that is methodologically fallibilized, doxologically rather than apologetically focused, strategically engaged in medias res between traditions and global and local moral challenges, and normatively committed to the nurturance of differentiated moral solidarities with and on behalf of the most vulnerable.

Journal Article.  11291 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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