Sometimes described as "a theologian's theologian," David Tracy's scholarship has impacted countless thinkers around the globe. The complexity of his thought, however, has often made engaging his work into a daunting challenge. Combining analysis of the most influential features of Tracy's theology (theological method, the religious classic, public theology) with a retrieval of his more overlooked interests (Christology, God), Stephen Okey presents the essential themes of Tracy's career in accessible and insightful prose.
Stephen Okey is assistant professor of philosophy, theology, and religion at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida, where he teaches courses in Catholic theology and ethics. He earned his master's degree in theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School and his PhD in systematic theology from Boston College. He is a contributor and podcast host at Daily Theology, a collaborative Catholic theology blog. An avid hiker, he has twice walked the Camino de Santiago.
"Given that David Tracy is, without question, one of the most important theologians in the contemporary period, one wonders why there are not more accessible introductions to this `theologian's theologian.' Stephen Okey's work wonderfully fills that urgent need! He covers all the major themes of Tracy's work thus far, pitching them perfectly for the reader to want to plunge into a more careful study of Tracy's work itself. This is no small feat and an incredible service for all the `publics' of theology. Kudos!"
Dr. Julius-Kei Kato, King's College, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
"With his deft introduction to David Tracy's wide-ranging work, Stephen Okey has chosen just the right point of entry. For Tracy is a theological and cultural conversationalist par excellence, willing to dialogue with all who share his `obsession' with the hidden, impossible, and loving God. Okey's insightful analysis of Tracy's focal concerns provides a clear map to the contributions of one of the most interesting and important theologians of our time."
Anthony J. Godzieba, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University
"This book is an outstanding introduction to David Tracy's thought. The chronological approach to the development of each of the six themes is very helpful. The writing is clear, concise, and completely accessible. It contains a useful bibliography of works both by and about Tracy."
Catholic Book Review
"The book is immediately commendable for is comprehensive overview compared to other books on Tracy focusing more narrowly on specific topics or discussing multiple themes more discretely. An exceptional book, one that should be the mental property of those seriously engaged in contemporary theological conversation and an ever ready-at-hand reference for one of the towering theological figures of our generation."
"Okey is a sure guide to the complex and demanding work of one of America's most original theologians. Tracy's sophisticated project of theological conversation is much needed in our age of shallow, closed thinking and polarization."
Vincent J. Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, University of Dayton
"Okey has done an admirable job with this text, presenting major themes of the contemporary theology of Tracy and the chronological development of those themes."
Catholic Library World
"No other contemporary program quite matches Tracy's in the scale of ambition and the breadth of its historical range. Okey's invitation to the reader to get into conversation with this bracing thinker, both Catholic and catholic, is well worth accepting."
"Stephen Okey's lucid, and insightful introduction to David Tracy's `theology as conversation' is a welcome antidote to what passes for theological discourse in our fractured attempts to speak about God, self, and world in a situation of religious pluralism. His presentation of Tracy's project in conversation with other interlocutors emulates the very model of theology as `conversation' that Tracy presents. I highly recommend it!"
Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, Boston College
"The breadth and depth of David Tracy's theological scholarship and understanding is breathtaking for those who want to grasp the complexity of contemporary culture and its religious dimensions. Stephen Okey's A Theology of Conversation provides a clear and solidly researched guide through the many developments in Tracy's work. By focusing both on the prominent themes in Tracy's theology, as well as the chronological development of those themes throughout the entire corpus of Tracy's writings, Okey has admirably given all of us a guide to David Tracy's thinking and introduced his work to the next generation of those who want to understand what theology is all about."
John McCarthy, Loyola University Chicago