A Kind of Piety Toward Experience: Hope in Nuclear Times

Patrick Murray and Jeanne Schuler

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:
A Kind of Piety Toward Experience: Hope in Nuclear Times

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In this chapter, Murray and Schuler reflect autobiographically on their involvement in the peace movement in the 1960s and 1970s. This practical involvement led them, however, into professional philosophy done radically as their chosen way to work for peace and justice. They perceive three seminal themes in Berrigan’s thought: a theology of time and history relevant to our contemporary era and pious towards experience, the present age as a “historical rupture” from the past, and a sense in which human thinking has gone awry and become overly instrumentalized. In their view, however, the best way to hold these seminal themes together lies in using the works of Hegel and Marx in understanding and criticizing capitalism, imperialism, and militarism. “We cannot understand the modern world without Marx’s concept of ‘capital.’ “In light of the Hegelian-Marxist perspective, they raise the question about whether Berrigan’s work is too purist and sect-like and insufficiently pragmatic and concerned with results and history.

Keywords: Berrigan; Marx; Hegel; Historical rupture; Purist; Capital

Chapter.  9907 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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