The Priority of Christ

Toward a Postliberal Catholicism

by Robert Barron (Author)Omi Francis George (Foreword by)
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Bishop Robert Barron transcends liberal/conservative and Protestant/Catholic divides to explore the possibilities of postliberal theology for Catholicism. This hardcover edition includes a new preface by the author.

"By displaying how an imaginative human spirit can be illuminated by the manifold sense of Scripture, and by activating tradition to dissolve lingering philosophical distractions, this stunning summa for a 'postliberal Catholicism' will at once subvert any tendency among the faithful to demand a facile 'fix,' as well as offer lucid direction for anyone daring to undertake a pilgrimage of understanding--in and with the Christ."
--David B. Burrell, University of Notre Dame / Tantur Ecumenical Institute (Jerusalem)

"Drawing deftly on Aquinas, Newman, Lonergan, Balthasar, and many others, Barron convincingly explains what a postliberal Catholic theology might be. But the great merit of this book is that he not only talks about what theology should be, he actually does it--above all in his lucid mystagogy on a series of Gospel stories and in striking meditations on the mind of Christ embodied in four great women saints of our time."
--Bruce Marshall, Southern Methodist University

"A magnum opus. . . . Barron has made a signal contribution to contemporary Catholic theology. Something like his postliberal Catholicism marks the way ahead. Many will disagree, but anyone whose life and work involve trying to talk seriously to and about God will profit from reading The Priority of Christ."
--William L. Portier, Commonweal

"Barron offers a compelling reading of several New Testament portraits of Christ and brings them into enriching conversation with later doctrinal and theological perspectives. He thus effects a renewed unity of biblical and systematic theology, which too often meander their separate ways. . . . Barron has gifted us with an important work that opens exciting vistas for exploration and theological renewal."
--Robert P. Imbelli, Worship

"Barron's wonderful book The Priority of Christ brings postliberalism back to its Catholic home. . . . His postliberal Catholicism is a narrative Catholicism, teasing out the implications of this for Christology and the doctrine of God, as well as ethics and epistemology--all drawing on a prodigious knowledge of the history of philosophy and theology. On top of all this, it is a downright lovely book, written with a kind of winsome literary flair that exhibits the inviting clarity of a master teacher. Highly recommended for sharp undergraduates; required reading for graduate students and scholars."
--James K. A. Smith, Religious Studies Review

"The book is full of gems worthy of hours of contemplation."
--Mark G. Boyer, The Priest


Robert Barron, Author

Robert Barron (STD, Institut Catholique de Paris) is auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He founded Word on Fire, a Catholic ministry of evangelism, and previously served as rector of Mundelein Seminary and president of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. Barron has written numerous books, including Catholicism (over 100,000 copies sold), Exploring Catholic Theology, The Priority of Christ, 2 Samuel in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series, The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path (winner of a Catholic Press Association Book Award), and Heaven in Stone and Glass.

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