Review: The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism

The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal CatholicismThe Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism by Robert E. Barron
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At the heart of Robert Barron’s book is an insistence

on the embodied, the iconic, the incarnational. We know God and ourselves, I have maintained, through a particular first-century Jew who walked the hills of Galilee – and through the saints who function as the living icons of Jesus up and down the centuries. Philosophy, ethics, and cultural forms do not position him; he positions them. To understand that reversal is to grasp the nettle of the Christian thing. (p 341)

This insistence on the centrality and priority of Christ for the Christian undertaking, the fundamental place of Jesus, is both refreshingly new and of ancient origin. In the midst of the various ‘cultural wars’ that so afflict Christianity so often, the call to refocus one’s attention on the person of Jesus Christ, who is both Divine and Human, is perhaps a necessary salve.

Highly recommended though at points a little dense (such is the nature of philosophical inquiry).

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