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Edward Schillebeeckx : A Theologian in His History - Erik Borgman

Edward Schillebeeckx

A Theologian in His History

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This is the first full biography of one of the greatest Roman Catholic theologians of the last century. Schillebeeckx is alive and still writing important work. He is a Dutch Dominican and theological genius, whose influence on the Second Vatican Council was extraordinarily profound. He was regarded as the theological voice of progressive Catholicism. But in 1968 the Vatican Authorities started an investigation into his orthodoxy and a great many Catholics also felt that this was an attack on them. This is above all an intellectual biography - a work in which changes which are perceptible in his published work have been connected with the contemporary changes in the social, cultural, theological and ecclesiastical landscape. So this is a study of Schillebeeckx that puts him in his history - it is a new perspective of his ultimate significance for the church and for the development of theology. The aim of Erik Borgman in this book is to increase the knowledge of Schillebeeckx's theology by fully explaining its context.

..". as far as factual content is concerned, [this is] the definitive 'theological biography' of Edward Schillebeeckx, Flemish Dominican long domiciled in the Netherlands, dogmatic theologian turned exegete and radical church reformer."

Form of quotations, list of abbreviations and abbreviated referencesp. vi
Introductionp. 1
Edward Schillebeeckx the theologianp. 1
Biography as contextual historiographyp. 6
Approach and planp. 10
Acknowledgementsp. 14
Youth and Training up to 1944p. 17
The bombardment of modern timesp. 17
Birth in 1914p. 18
Youth in the midst of tensions in society and the churchp. 24
Not a Jesuit but a Dominicanp. 29
Study with the Dominicansp. 37
Studying philosophy in Ghentp. 38
Studying theology in Louvainp. 51
Inauguration as an independent theologianp. 61
Working out the Project of a Theology of Culture in the 1940sp. 68
After the warp. 68
'Theology of culture' in the midst of cultural reorientationp. 69
'Catholic cultural life'p. 79
Christian humanism as 'humble humanism'p. 87
Humanismp. 88
'Supernatural exclusivism'p. 93
'Spiritual life'p. 99
The situation in France as a mirrorp. 103
The example of Congar and Chenup. 103
Evaluation of the French situationp. 111
Dominican religious lifep. 117
The View of the Church as a Form of the Theology of Culture in the 1950sp. 122
Between cultural challenge and church pressurep. 122
The encyclical Humani generis and its consequencesp. 126
The church in the centrep. 132
The laity centralp. 139
The mission of the Catholic laityp. 142
Lay people in Flanders and the Netherlandsp. 147
Bishop, priest, layman: different functions within the churchp. 154
Being a Christian in the worldp. 159
Life orientated on Godp. 165
Belief in a historyp. 166
Life redeemed by hope and lovep. 171
Mary as the image of the believerp. 179
Immaculate conceptionp. 180
A model of Christian lifep. 184
The Louvain Theological Synthesisp. 191
A synthesisp. 191
Systematic theologizing on the basis of Thomas Aquinasp. 192
The aura of the mysteries of faithp. 197
'The sacramental economy of salvation'p. 199
The mystery theologies of Odo Casel and Edward Schillebeeckxp. 201
The sacraments as human and divine realityp. 207
Man's outreach to God and God's descent to manp. 211
The theology of the Louvain coursesp. 216
Thinking about the God who is manifest in salvation historyp. 217
Concepts of faith and the reality of faithp. 224
Theological reflection on faith as living culturep. 227
The mystery of Christ: a synthesis of nature and supernaturep. 233
The primordial sacrament of the Deus humanissmusp. 238
Both on the way to God and united with Godp. 241
Heaven, hell and purgatoryp. 244
Creation theology as theology of culturep. 252
'Deus salutaris est creator'p. 254
Creation as a basis for culturep. 259
Creation and gracep. 265
Marriage as a saving mysteryp. 269
The Catholic discussion of marriage and sexualityp. 270
Marriage as a human reality elevated to become a sacramentp. 276
A Dutch Council Theologianp. 283
Breakthrough of changesp. 283
Schillebeeckx's move to Nijmegenp. 285
An innovative contributionp. 289
The preparation for the Councilp. 294
The announcementp. 294
The figure of John XXIIIp. 299
Reactions to the plan for the Councilp. 303
The Dutch contribution to the preparationp. 307
Episcopal collegiality and the faith of the believersp. 309
'The Bishops of the Netherlands on the Council'p. 316
The Council as a breakthroughp. 320
The breakthrough of a renewing theologyp. 321
Concern for doing the Christian truthp. 329
Theology of the eucharistp. 337
The result of the Councilp. 345
Verve and conflict over giving form to the churchp. 346
Keeping the spirit of the Council alivep. 351
A renewed start to the project of the theology of culturep. 355
Postscript: Notes on the Theological Yieldp. 366
Theology as a historical enterprisep. 368
Human history as theological terrainp. 373
Biography as theological autobiographyp. 379
Notesp. 382
Indexp. 466
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ISBN: 9780826474278
ISBN-10: 0826474276
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition