Edward Schillebeeckx and Contemporary Theology by Lieven Boeve

By Lieven Boeve

This choice of essays by way of well known theologians investigates the position of Edward Schillebeeckx' concept for modern theology.

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G. the Christian tradition of experience and their contemporary experience. Of course even old experiences have power to make men question and transform; ... 52 He thereby emphasized the dynamic-dialectical relationship between both poles, a dynamic that is already at work when Christians endeavour to understand their faith in the contemporary context. 54 These historical mediations therefore cannot simply be relativized in a unilateral manner, since they constitute our historically conditioned access to the Gospel.

He is the author of Bernhard Welte’s Fundamental Theological Approach to Christology (New York, NY: Peter Lang, 1994) and the co-editor, together with Anne M. Clifford, of Christology: Memory, Inquiry, Practice (New York, NY: Orbis, 2003). He is currently completing xxxi LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS a book on the theology of God for Crossroad/Herder, and is researching the intersection of art, music, theology, spirituality, and embodiment in early modern Catholicism. Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP is Professor of Theology in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA) and a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA).

Salvation history begins with creation. It is in line with this creation theology that Schillebeeckx takes the modern world seriously, including the processes of secularization. This position is already evident in three early articles published in the Flemish Dominican journal Kultuurleven (1945) on the Christian situation, in which Schillebeeckx – still writing under his religious name Henricus − attempts to make room for the world, for ‘the natural’ in relation to ‘the supernatural’: ‘The facts invite us to recognize that the mutilation and misunderstanding of nature also has a ruinous effect on the supernatural ...

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