Ian S. Markham

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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The key text for understanding revisionism is David Tracy's Blessed Rage for Order. This article starts by looking at this book in some detail and drawing from it an outline of the key features of revisionism. Using his second edition, published in 1996, the article identifies four ways in which the project needs to be developed. It suggests that the key area, underpinning three of the four ways, is his attitude to reason and modernity. Moving out from Tracy's book, the discussion examines the roots of revisionism, especially the impact that Paul Tillich and A. N. Whitehead have had on the movement. In conclusion, the article examines the future of revisionism. Although it is clear that the impact of revisionism is largely confined to North America and Europe, some revisionist theologians are hoping that, appropriately modified, the revisionist project can have a wider appeal.

Keywords: David Tracy; revisionism; Blessed Rage; modernity; reason; Paul Tillich; A. N. Whitehead

Article.  8028 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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