The Contributions of Cultural Anthropology to Ecclesial Identity
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"This path-breaking book opens new directions in the conversation between faith and culture as well as the contemporary dialogue between theology and social science. Discipleship and the dynamic nature of religious tradition are explored through an insightful correlation of Geertz, Douglas, and Asad with Congar, whose work was so central to the Second Vatican Council. Freshness, originality, and theological depth make this critical for ecclesiology and missiology, as well as practical theology. Highly recommended."
St. Thomas University, Miami
"This is a truly amazing book. Using the method of mutually critical correlation between modern and postmodern anthropologists on the one hand and Catholic Theology on the other, Colleen Mallon takes ecclesiology and missiology in a new and exciting direction. Her work is clear, expansive, and passionately faith-filled."
--Stephen Bevans, SVD
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
"Beautifully written, this volume retrieves the rich notion of tradition as exemplified in the work of Yves Congar and correlates it with the contributions of cultural anthropology to address the current crisis in Roman Catholic identity formation and transformation in a globalized and postmodern context. Professor Mallon offers a model of the critical appropriation of the social sciences in theology. It provides a rich resource for all Christian communities struggling with traditioning disciples."
--T. Howland Sanks, SJ
Jesuit School of Theology/Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
''...Mallon's work serves as a helpful resource for a fecund investigation into the role of tradition and culture in theological method and gospel praxis."
--Wesley L. Handy, as reviewed in Missiology