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Christian Contradictions : The Structures of Lutheran and Catholic Thought - Daphne Hampson

Christian Contradictions

The Structures of Lutheran and Catholic Thought

Paperback Published: 11th March 2004
ISBN: 9780521604352
Number Of Pages: 336

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Catholic thought and Lutheran thought are differently structured, embodying divergent conceptions of self and God. Failing to grasp the Lutheran paradigm, Catholics have wrenched Luther into an inappropriate framework. Roman/Lutheran ecumenism, culminating in the 'Joint Declaration' of 1999, attempts to reconcile incompatible systems, based on different philosophical presuppositions. Drawing on a wealth of material, both Continental and Anglo-Saxon, the author thinks through these structural questions within a historical context. But how - within a religion of revelation - can God be conceptualised as both foundational to the self and yet also as an 'other' with whom the self inter-relates? Kierkegaard is shown in a complex model to hold together strengths which historically have been exemplified by the two traditions. This is an important work in systematic theology which considers questions quite fundamental to Western religion. It should be of interest to theologians of all backgrounds and also to church historians.

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'In this well researched and scholarly work, Daphne Hampson argues that Catholicism and Lutheranism are totally incompatible. It is a remarkably generous exposition of both forms of Christianity: not pseudo-neutral but wonderfully sympathetic all round. This is an important book - a radical challenge to decades of ecumenical rapprochement.' Fergus Kerr 'This is a fascinating, original, readable and challenging book. Ecumenists and students of the Reformation should read it, but so should other serious Christians. It is rare for a theological book to be so spiced with passion ... it matters for [Hampson] what people think and what they do with their beliefs.' Mark D. Chapman, The Journal of Theological Studies 'Daphne Hampson traces one of the great fissures in western Christian thought, rejecting all attempts to paper it over, insisting that the most fundamental questions of understanding the self in relation to God are at stake in it. Here is a post-Christian theologian sympathetically engaging with the Lutheran and Catholic traditions, while also defining her own position over against them. This is very interesting reading, and an important book not least because it shows how significant the issues it discusses remain.' Richard Bauckham 'Daphne Hampson shows how different 'structures of thought' affect how Lutheran and Catholic theologies use key theological terms. By analyzing a wide range of materials she argues that these structures become deterrents to ecumenical consensus. In the course of her analysis she examines diverse authors in the Lutheran and Catholic traditions from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Hampson's own position outside Christianity does not impair her theological acumen and empathy, but does provide a critical edge to some of her important judgments.' James M. Gustafson, Emeritus Professor, Emory University 'Particular strengths are the clarity of her exposition, the making available of important material not often covered outside of Roman Catholic contexts (e.g. sixteenth-century material) and her willingness not to step back from the subject-matter of her book.' Clive Marsh, Modern Believing 'Daphne Hampson provides a clear account of the divergent structuring of thought about man in relation to God that emerged at the Reformation, and of the failure of the prevailing Catholic tradition to understand Luther's own starting point ... makes for a compelling read.' Reformation 'In this book Daphne Hampson deploys her formidable intellectual skills in an analysis of the broad divisions between Catholic and Lutheran forms of life and thought ... demonstrating how deeply this disagreement cuts and how much getting to the bottom of it matters.' J. A. DiNoia, editor of The Thomist 'This book is timely.' The Expository Times '... an interesting and challenging book ...' Pacifica

Note on the text
Luther's revolution
The Catholic alternative
Catholic incomprehension
Nygren's detractors
Ecumenical encounter
Dialogue with Bultmann
Kierkegaard's odyssey
Index of names
Index of subjects
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ISBN: 9780521604352
ISBN-10: 0521604354
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 11th March 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49