"It is crucial for Christians to apprehend the implications of Robert Barron's trenchant thesis: 'Modernity and decadent Christianity are enemies in one sense, but in another sense, they are deeply connected to one another and mirror one another.' Moving beyond the 'decadent Christianity' that mistakenly sought its very starting points in the epistemological and metaphysical dead ends characteristic of 'modernity, ' Barron expertly weaves together a robust short "summa." Readers seeking spiritual and intellectual renewal will be revitalized by this much-needed book, which overflows with love of God and his path of salvation."
--Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary
"Catholic theology stands at a foundational moment, and in this extended meditation on the figure of Christ, Robert Barron boldly argues for a Catholicism that rethinks the controversy between modern and postmodern thought through classic theological formulations. Broad in reference and informed by the homilist's touch, "The Priority of Christ "will be an important contribution to a conversation the Church must have."
--Richard A. Rosengarten, University of Chicago
""An extremely well-written, informative, and insightful text that would be a delight to use in an undergraduate or seminary classroom."
--Stephen H. Webb, "Reviews in Religion & Theology
""Barron's project is impressively traditional and thus postmodern, aggressively independent and thus postliberal, and philosophically undistracted and thus properly theological. This book brings together many of the motifs of a re-emergent, unembarrassed, and confident Catholic theology."
--Daniel P. Sheridan, CatholicBooksReview.org
"""The Priority of Christ" is unusually stimulating for an exercise in 'postliberal' theology. The book is strikingly readable and saturated with what one might call 'first-order' doctrinal claims instead of primarily methodological navel-gazing. . . . Its title, 'The Priority of Christ, ' indicates the epistemic primacy of believing, doctrinally traditioned engagement with the Jesus Christ of biblical narrative. This scriptural primacy is a great strength and delight of the book. . . . [It] will challenge readers to formulate their own understanding of what constitutes authentically theological interpretation of Scripture."
--Daniel J. Treier, "Modern Theology"show more