Professor's New Book Explores Key Theological Debates

















In late November, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies John Allan Knight published Liberalism versus Postliberalism: The Great Divide in Twentieth-Century Theology with Oxford University Press. Dr. Knight's book explores one of the most important and far-reaching methodological disputes in twentieth-century theology.

The book has already met with high praise from reviewers. Mary Doak, author of Reclaiming Narrative for Public Theology and Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, describes Knight's book as "one of the most interesting, thought provoking, and well-written books I have had the pleasure of reading in quite a while. The treatment of the relevant literature here is stellar...The book will have a considerable impact on the field."

Stanley Hauerwas, the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School, praises the "extraordinary charity and clarity" of Knight's approach: "Not only does this book have the virtue of reminding us of the importance of the falsification debates, but it offers a constructive way to appreciate both the strengths and weakness of the liberal/post-liberal alternatives." Michael Raposa, Professor of Religion Studies and Philosophy of Religion at Lehigh University, says of the book that "the scholarship is sound, the interpretations are clear and accurate, and the author's emphasis on religious language offers a distinctive perspective from which to survey recent theological developments."

Dr. Knight regularly teaches courses in religious studies and currently directs the Catholic Studies Program as well as the Lecture Series of the Office of Academic Affairs. His next major project is a book on religion and politics in ancient Greece.