© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156973210X510848 International Journal of Public Theology 4 (2010) 269–270 brill.nl/ijpt Editorial Special Issue—Climate Change and the Common Good Clive Pearson Guest Editor The very ﬁrst issue of this journal referred to the present being a kairos moment. This invocation of the right time was on that occasion designed to draw attention to how the language and aspirations of a public theology were surfacing around the globe. They were no longer being conﬁned to the United States or indeed the United Kingdom. This theme was in the throes of becoming a global ﬂow. It is in the nature of a public theology to make an attempt to discern ‘the signs of the times’. There is at least a double responsibility here: the ﬁrst has to do with the capacity to identify and name occasional issues that exercise the public mind; the second has to do with the art of rhetoric. The language of kairos belongs historically inside the art of rhetoric—how is the well-made point to be inserted into a line of argument or an ebbing and ﬂowing tide of public opinion? There is always more than one occasional issue seeking to
International Journal of Public Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
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