New Directions for Catholic Social and Political Research
Humanity vs. Hyper-Modernity
by Guido Giacomo Preparata
This book offers scholars who ground their research in compassion and pacifism a new framework for the socio-political analysis of current global events. By tackling a broad range of critical themes in various disciplines, the essays compose a critical narrative of the ways in which power and violence shape society, culture, and belief. In addition to the contemporary dynamics of international economics, political murder, and the rhetorical antagonism between Christianity and Islam, the book addresses cultural strife in the West, the societal effects of neoconservative hegemony in the United States and the world, and the overall question of religious credence in connection with political action. All such topics are discussed with a view toward providing solutions and policies that are informed by a comprehensive desire to resist violence and war, on the one hand, and to foment cohesion and harmony at the community level, on the other.
This feisty, learned, polemical contribution to the rejuvenation of Catholicism, with its interdisciplinary profile and passionate bridge-building mission, bears closest resemblance to the radical orthodoxy movement in theology. Its great strength lies in combining theology, Catholic social thought, and sharp analysis of the culture of globalization. There is a third way emerging here, beyond culturally-captive liberalism and crass reactionary conservatism, so that no-one in the Catholic Church escapes unchallenged. It should be a widely-read and widely-reviewed book.”
Research Professor in Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University, Australia; and Canon Theologian of the Canberra-Goulburn Anglican Diocese