Posted at 11.25.2018
The book compiled by Lieven Boeve, Interrupting Traditions: An Essay on Christian Beliefs in a Postmodern Context discounts about his argumentations on the new context that challenges Christian custom to recontextualise itself. The fact that the Catholic Cathedral and the Catholic beliefs gives meaning to life and lifestyle facing the new reality in recent years wherein the transmission of the Religious tradition is a struggle in a huge part of European Europe specifically in Flanders.
Boeve divided the reserve into three parts contain 3 to 4 chapters each. The first part deals with clarifying the situation in which the Christian tradition confirms itself. Part two shows a radical confrontation between the Christian faith and modernity, and part three provides an historical type of thought to the present day and provide an evaluation of the problem of important life options (postmodern context).
In the first three chapters, Boeve discus traditions and its own development from modern and postmodern framework. Tradition, which identifies as belief, passed down in a population that can currently be experienced. In Christian custom, it is noticeable that these values show an important role in the very foundations of Christianity. The mere reality truth has history led the theologians on the thought of the development of custom. Therefore, it is indeed necessary by the passing of time that every move in context comprises difficult to the Religious custom to reformulate itself in dialogue in present context. This is done through an activity of recontextualisation where it shows a fact that custom is undergoing an activity of development.
In collection with this area of the book shows custom viewed in the present day framework that has something to do with social modernisation process where secularisation to which spiritual tradition lost its most important role as source for individuals prices, and the generalization of worth presents that value in value and truth was only viable only in private industry. On others hand, these progression brings about another perspective which is the modernity's 'master narratives' where real human desire of progress in his own way. In the postmodern context, it views traditions with a definitive end. This took place as a result of key issues facing it - individualisation and pluralisation. Boeve in this area of the book shows not necessarily the end of the traditions but rather it shows a wider point of view, a person must have an individual reflexive decision that can only just be experienced in faith but it lies always the truth of choosing because this remain an option.
In part two, beliefs in the postmodern framework leads to an evaluation between an open and closed down narrative, which shows a clearer view, moreover with the value of the open up narrative which does indeed provide an satisfactory chance of a recontextualisation of the Christian narrative in our postmodern context. From these, Boeve shows way that leads shut narrative towards an available narrative and go through the modern connection with transcendence.
Boeve, finally tackles within the last part of the book about the building blocks of an available Christian narrative. This handles the recontextualisation of Christian narrative in the actual context. It shows within giving purpose to a Christian narrative. This goal showed by the writer is done by God who definitely disclosed Godself in a particular individuals person which is Jesus. It also explained in this part about the negative theology. It's the author's intention that through this negative theology, may see the interruption of Religious narratives by God that the God who is incomprehensible, concealed and absent still can be revealed.
In addition, Christianity Interrupted by the world religions, Boeve pictures different parables as a means of explaining Christianity interrupted by the world religions. In the present day situation, we might include ourselves having different narratives because in light of looking for truth, we have been engaging on the same reality of being blind or having different perspective- plurality. It can even be like the parable of the wedding ring, which suggests and attempts to reveal who's the best among religions and who got the ultimate keep to the truth, but in range with the interpretation, no person can state as the best holder of the truth. Last judgement is deferred until God comes.
At the last area of the publication, which is the epilogue, Boeve conclude with a reflection on the positioning of the Religious in the modern world. It is clearly stated here that beliefs is no more a socio-structural option but it is an authentic 'trust option as an explicit choice for the Religious narrative to create human platform for a particular narrative. Trust as a 'faith option' implies a religiously-motivated critical consciousness. Lastly, this content of the faith in the end under the pressures of modernity, one may gain only worthlessness. However, Boeve shows still a good outcome behind this situation that one may misled but soon he will find the appropriate direction.
Interrupting Traditions effectively shows the situation of Christian trust in the postmodern framework by giving a point of view about the existing situation of the tradition. This is actually the reality for the reason that challenges tradition to be recontextualised itself.
The publisher achieved his goal by providing this booklet a title that is relevant and really interrupts custom. Also, it also interrupts the reader by showing arguments and facts of the truth facing by traditions. This book presents a fresh understanding in the part of the audience that eventually affects his own perspective and to be familiar with the Christian custom facing a issue. It also provides materials that can lead a person to rethink what he thinks. Nevertheless, even though this is the reality, every audience of this reserve must gain enough courage to activate in a dialogue and switch to praxis. Furthermore, after reading this publication we end packed with hope with durability to handle the new tomorrow and thanking God for supplying us our very own custom as a way to obtain foundation of our Christianity. We have been in the darkness but soon find the light. As what is stated within the last area of the epilogue (p. 183), "Perhaps such an open notion may be weighed against a compass that, wherever one may be in the entire world, always points north and so helps one finding the right direction to follow".