The Common Good

Faith Beyond Belief: Dogma Without Deeds is Dead

In a recent interview with Commonweal magazine, renowned Catholic theologian David Tracy argued that theological discourse, with its accompanying jargon and disputes about certain doctrinal assertions, is "not the key to religion." Essential to religion, according to Tracy, is the experiential dimension of participating in liturgies, living according to ethical maxims, and struggling for social (and I would add environmental) justice. Doctrines, he adds, "just

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