A journal of academic theology

March 2016 Editorial

I write this editorial en route from Colombia, where I met with several teachers of theology at the Universidad Javeriana in Cali and learned something about their questions and concerns as theologians in the church. The issues they raised were not altogether unlike those I have encountered in the United States, where theologians bemoan the marginalization of theology not only in the university curriculum, but also within wider intellectual and cultural life. Such conversations about the state of theology, it seems, are not simply the result of a North American secularism that may have infiltrated some precincts of the Catholic academy; they have taken on a life of their own wherever theologians seek to engage a tradition that is endeavoring to grapple with changes that have altered worlds that theologians, and the church, at one time took for granted. The concerns expressed by the theologians in Cali, and those of our readers, are expressions of people who care deeply about the future of faith in the face of radical uncertainty.

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