At Political Theology Today, the blog of the journal Political Theology, I have posted a two-part response to Paul J. Griffiths’ address at the Catholic Theological Society of America annual convention in June, here and here.

In the first, I criticize Griffiths for downplaying the role of personal faith as the starting point for theology, and for neglecting the faith of the entire church as the object of theological reflection, not simply doctrines taught by the magisterium.

In the second, I build on these criticisms to provide a defense of Catholic political theology, which reflects on the experience of the poor and marginalized in the light of faith. I conclude by suggesting that an important task for Catholic theology is to adequately reconcile historical experience and the permanence of doctrinal truth.

My posts continue the conversation begun by fellow-writers Meghan Clark, Charlie Camosy, and Jason King, among others. Enjoy!