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Thinking Prayer: Theology and Spirituality amid the Crises of Modernity -- Andrew Prevot

At a time when many thinkers are tempted to dismiss prayer as an irrational, irresponsible, or ineffective religious practice disconnected from the rigors of academic work and activist political struggle, we need an alternative perspective that questions these assumptions and reassesses prayer’s positive potential. With Thinking Prayer, Andrew Prevot offers such a perspective.

Through constructive interpretations of such spiritually-inclined philosophers and theologians as Martin Heidegger, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Jean-Louis Chrétien, Johann Baptist Metz, Ignacio Ellacuría, and James Cone, Prevot reveals the contemplative dimensions of postmodern phenomenology and liberation theology. His innovative approach also includes an exploration of the full emotional range of prayer from lament to praise; in so doing, his book successfully, “brings together thought and prayer—lucidly, powerfully, and elegantly. It is a must-read for all theologians thinking and praying today.”(Vincent Lloyd, Syracuse University)

Thinking Prayer is a passionate manifesto. Through subtle, discriminating readings of an impressive range of contemporary philosophers and theologians, Andrew Prevot argues that the practice of Christian prayer can point us beyond the intellectual and moral crises of modernity. At the same time, he moves forward Christian theological discussion with a new exuberance and rigor.” —Philip Endean, S.J., author of Karl Rahner and Ignatian Spirituality

Andrew Prevot is assistant professor of theology at Boston College.

Thinking Prayer: Theology and Spirituality amid the Crises of Modernity
Andrew Prevot
Publication Date: October 30, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-268-03845-8 / Paperback $39.00
eISBN: 978-0-268-08991-7 / Adobe PDF Perpetual Ownership $39.00; 30-day $7.00
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