A journal of academic theology

Gerald O'Collins S.J.

Tradition as Collective Memory: A Theological Task to Be Tackled

This article gathers and develops some fragmentary suggestions made by theologians
and Pope John Paul II about tradition as the collective memory of the church. In
the light of insights coming from anthropology, history, neuroscience, philosophy,
psychology, and sociology, the article proposes twelve ways for enriching a theology
of tradition. Modern memory studies can unite and clarify various aspects of a
theology of tradition, understood as collective memory.

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