A journal of academic theology

Volume 68 Number 1

Can We Talk? Theologica Ethics and Sexuality

A review of the literature on theological ethics and human sexuality over the past four years indicates a desire by theologians to host a variety of conversations on sexual ethics that uphold traditional claims yet promote responsible sexual ethics in a different key. Writers are particularly concerned by an overwhelming privatization of sexual relations and

Consumerism and Christian Ethics

The author examines and clarifies the phenomenon of consumerism. He surveys historical and social scientific perspectives before turning to the recent theological and ethical literature on the topic. An emerging concern in the ethical literature is development of a virtue approach along with the papal insistence on striking a proper balance of “being” and “having”

Social Ethics in Western Europe

The article highlights the distinctiveness of European social ethics by beginning with an analysis of how theological ethicists have engaged with “Europe” as both idea and political project. Themes discussed include the role of religion in the public square, pluralism, and the limits of tolerance and intercultural ethics. Also considered are ethical questions arising from

Remembering the Historic Jesus–A New Research Program?

The article argues that a new research program is emerging, one that shifts the focus from the quests for the “historical Jesus,” a person in the past, to recovering the “historic Jesus,” the person remembered by his followers. It finds that Jesus’ historic significance is and should be the center of Jesus research. It argues

Images of God and the Imitation of God: Problems with Atonement

Overly logical applications of some of Paul’s metaphors have led to widely accepted atonement theories that, because they project human legalistic and transactional thinking onto the image of God, have been egregiously contradictory to an authentic trinitarian and incarnational view of sacrifice and atonement. The Eastern emphasis on apophatic theology and theosis coupled with the

Sanctifying Grace in a Methodical Theology

Bernard Lonergan claimed that his description of religious experience as “being in love unrestrictedly” differs merely notionally from the Scholastic idea of “sanctifying grace.” However, he did not offer the detailed explanation needed to establish the continuity between his development and the medieval category of “sanctifying grace.” His account of religious experience, therefore, remains ambiguous.

Veiled and Unveiled Beauty: Imagination in Augustine’s Esthetics

The article addresses the tension between two different approaches to Augustine’s esthetics: a contemplative esthetics of divine beauty and an incarnate esthetics of created beauty. An examination of Augustine’s theory of the imagination demonstrates the complementary nature of these two approaches. Contemporary theorists (such as Robert J. O’Connell and Carol Harrison) fail to provide an

Exegesis of Biblical Theophanies in Byzantine Hymnography: Rewritten Bible?

The article discusses the interpretation of biblical theophanies in Byzantine hymns associated with the so-called Improperia tradition. After presenting the exegesis of specific theophanies as exemplified in hymns, the author argues that this type of exegesis is difficult to frame within the categories commonly used to describe patristic exegesis. He suggests that patristic scholars should

Reviews & Shorter Notices -February 2007

Ancient Israel: The Old Testament in its Social Context Uriah Y. Kim, pp. 172–173 Contours of Christology in the New Testament Christopher McMahon, pp. 173–174 Jesúas de Nazaret John Thiede S.J., pp. 175 Die antike Historiographie und die Anfäunge der christlichen Geschichtsschreibung Eran I. Argov, pp. 176–177 Desert Christians: An Introduction to the Literature of

Scroll to Top