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Daniel Berrigan's Theology: Retrieving the Prophetic and Proclaiming the Resurrection

Robert A. Ludwig

in Faith, Resistance, and the Future

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239825
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823239863 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823239825.003.0003
Daniel Berrigan's Theology: Retrieving the Prophetic and Proclaiming the Resurrection

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For Ludwig, Berrigan’s major contribution to Catholic social teaching is also his recovery, rehabilitation, and renewal of the prophetic voice and of prophetic action. In his chapter, Ludwig begins with an examination of Berrigan’s theological method. He finds, in short, that “Berrigan’s method is experiential and historical, heavily dependent upon scripture, and orientated toward decision and action.” He is particularly appreciative of Berrigan’s emphasis on the social dimensions of theology, which serve to temper the “hyper-individualism” of the American cultural ethos. Berrigan, according to Ludwig, has been a major force in making non-violence normative in Catholic social thought. More so, through his efforts to directly challenge the war-making state, Berrigan – and those who have acted with him – have introduced “resistance” as a vital component of Christian non-violence.

Keywords: Prophetic voice; Resurrection; Prophetic actions; Hyper-individualism; Resistance; Christian non-violence

Chapter.  4524 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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