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Izuzquiza, Rooted in Jesus: Towards a Radical Ecclesiology

September 12th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a book review that appears in the July 2010 issue of Mennonite Quarterly Review. The book is by a Jesuit from Spain who engages with theologians who are popular in North America: Lindbeck, Milbank, Hauerwas, Yoder, among others. Here’s an excerpt from my review:

Izuzquiza is at his best when he offers theological analyses of figures like Mother Teresa of Calcutta, whose Eucharistic mysticism unites the broken body of Christ at the Lord’s Table with the presence of Christ in wounded bodies in the slums—Teresa states: “in the Mass we have Jesus in the appearance of bread, while in the slums we see Christ and touch him in the broken bodies, in the abandoned children” (205). While Izuzquiza pays careful attention to sacramentology, he does not exercise the same contemplative analysis of political bodies with the social sciences. Can sociology provide new lenses to gaze at the liberative movements of the poor and see the life-giving blood of the body of Christ? That is the challenge Izuzquiza offers at the beginning of his book, yet he does not himself demonstrate this possibility. Although he tries to correct John Milbank’s project, Izuzquiza does not show how the social sciences add a critical line of sight that exposes the blind spots of theology. For Izuzquiza, revolutionary collectives of bodies are still best seen through the eyes of the sacramental theologian who fixes our contemplative gaze on the Eucharist. At best, the social sciences are supplementary; and at worst, they are misguided without the correction of the theologian.

You can access the full review on the MQR website: July 2010. Scroll down to the “Book Reviews” link.

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