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Theology as an Ecclesial Discipline

Ressourcement and Dialogue

The practice of theology depends in part on asking the right questions. Not any sorts of questions, not idle questions, nor questions framed entirely by our own experience or the great issues of our times, but good theological questions focus the mind of the inquirer on the endlessly intelligible self-revelation of God to which the Sacred Scripture bears witness. Our own questions and the great questions of our times have a place, as long as they are purged of the ideological outlooks that can suppress or obscure the questions that the sacra pagina itself presses upon us.

Among the essays gathered in Theology as an Ecclesial Discipline, the first set directs the reader's attention precisely to questions that trace the distinctive features of the nature of theology itself. What are the principles and scope of the field of theology as practiced by believers in an ecclesial context? Are historical-critical methods of exegesis compatible with a properly theological interpretation of the Scriptures? How can theology have a place in the academy as an intellectual discipline if the Magisterium seems to limit the scope of its inquiries? The second part considers a range of questions that preoccupy contemporary Protestant and Catholic theologians. Can the names Father, Son and Holy Spirit be replaced by more inclusive titles in doctrine and liturgy? By placing humanity at the center of theological investigation, is Christian humanism distinct from secular humanism? How can we be guilty of a sin committed by our first ancestors? Can the Christian vision of procreative human sexuality survive the cultural onslaught of the sexual revolution? The questions in the third part of this book arise from Catholic dialogue with non-Christian religions, or with other Christian communities, or with conceptions of a cosmos in ecological crisis. Is there a future for Catholic theology of religions? How can people who do not believe in Christ be saved? Is the cosmos a safe environment for human beings, or, alternatively, how can the cosmos be protected from human depredation? Can the concept of "church" stretch far enough to encompass Christian communities that see themselves as strictly local and independent bodies?

About the Authors

J. Augustine Di Noia was for many years Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. James Le Grys is a Theological Advisor, Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Reviews

"Di Noia's contribution is multilayered and significant. This is one of those very rare collections of essays that is much more than a 'collection.' DiNoia is in touch with a full range of theological scholarship. But he also has a striking ability to move between the sources of the Catholic faith and the concerns of both theologians and more ordinary folk interested in what theologians are up to."—James J. Buckley, Loyola University Maryland

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