A Theology more Useful: Public Theology as Edification

Smith, G. (2019) A Theology more Useful: Public Theology as Edification. International Journal of Public Theology, 13 (4). pp. 449-471. ISSN 1872-5171

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The article argues that Richard Rorty’s idea of edification should be adopted as the central approach of public theology. It begins by outlining Rorty’s definition of edification before exploring the argument in Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature which led to this definition. Various critical responses are then explored, especially the critique by Roy Bhaskar that Rorty’s approach is politically frivolous. However it is suggested that the criticism that Rorty is either relativist or unconcerned with ethical agency is unfair. Instead, rather than being concerned with different types of speaking Truth to power, public theologians should be focused on producing novel, unique and eye-catching redescriptions of social and political phenomena.

Publication Type: Articles
Uncontrolled Keywords: Edification; pragmatism; Richard Rorty; relativism; agency; Truth, Rowan Williams; Roy Bhaskar, critical realism.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
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Depositing User: Graeme Smith
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2019 09:17
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2021 10:25
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/4731

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