“Wonderfully provocative in both content and method, Remembering Esperanza is a ‘must-read” for all those who face the contradictory challenges of making faith claims in a postmodern pluralistic context. . . Bonnie Miller-McLemore,Vanderbilt Divinity School
“This is a most welcome book. It is dense and complex, and deserves to be read slowly and reflectively as its contents work upon the reader . . . Charles M. Wood, Perkins School of Theology
“Mark Taylor has done what no other man has yet attempted (to my knowledge): a theology that begins with his own context as a white, straight, relatively affluent male, to address issues of sexism, classism, heterosexism and racism . . .” Sallie McFague, Vanderbilt Divinity School
“We are all in debt to Mark Taylor’s original study of the importance of social location for theological method. Remembering Esperanza is a work that demands and will receive critical response across the entire theological spectrum. David Tracy, The University of Chicago
The argument at the heart of this book is that present North American social and institutional practices feature a thoroughgoing, albeit often well disguised, “abstraction” from material conditions, an abstraction that wreaks abuse and oppression on humanity and nature; an abstraction that is a turning away from, often an abhorrence and fear of, concrete existence.
The fault is not abstract thinking; rather it is thinking and practice turned away from the sources of human and natural life: matter, bodies, mothers, darkness. This book, originally published in 1990 by Orbis Books, and reprinted with a new Introdution by Fortress Press in 2005, was Taylor’s first comprehensive theoretical and theological statement.