A journal of academic theology

Volume 68 Number 4

The Soteriological Significance of the Feast of Mary’s Birth

By reviewing the unique characteristics of the Byzantine feast of Mary’s Birth, the article articulates the feast’s significance as an integral contributor to the salvation of humankind. The article first traces the historical emergence of Mariology to establish trends in Marian soteriology, then analyzes the liturgical contents of the feast to project a theological thesis.

Spirituality and Citizenship: Sacramentality in a Parable

The author finds resonance between the hitherto largely unrelated discourses of spirituality and citizenship. Drawing on Rahner’s transcendental anthropology and Moltmann’s sacramental theology of history, he proposes a spirituality that emphasizes the anonymous action of the Holy Spirit within a strong Christology. This proposal embraces the Social Quality model of citizenship and integrates Chantal Mouffe’s

Neo-Thomism and the Theology of Religions: A Case Study on the Belgian and U.S. Textbooks (1870-1950)

Scholars are currently giving serious thought to Thomas Aquinas’s theology of religions. This fact led the author to explore the connection between Aquinas’s thought on the subject and that of the Neo-Thomists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Starting from the analysis of textbooks, he illuminates the structure of the theology of religions that characterized

Catholicism and Liberalism: Two Ideologies in Confrontation

The author argues that the Catholic Church’s social teaching is marked by a critical view of the ideology of Enlightenment Liberalism and of the concept of free market economy when taken as the guiding mechanism of free modern society. Since the great divorce between throne and altar with the French Revolution, the Church’s opposition to

Interpretation of Jesus’ Prohibition of Anger (Mt 5:22): The Person/Sin Distinction from Augustine to Aquinas

Christian reflection on the morality of anger must address Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:22: “whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.” One interpretation of this passage found in the Christian tradition relies on what is called here the “person/sin distinction”: anger at persons is sinful, while anger at sin is permissible.

Response to Neil Ormerod and Beyond

In an article in the September 2007 issue of this journal, Neil Ormerod had included David Coffey in his critique of Rahner, whose thought he had contrasted with Lonergan’s on the Trinity and related subjects. Ormerod’s article was occasioned by publicity given by Robert Doran to a trinitarian hypothesis of Lonergan. Here Coffey comments on

Reviews & Shorter Notices – December 2007

Opening the Sealed Book: Interpretations of the Book of Isaiah in Late Antiquity Lawrence Boadt C.S.P. pp. 916–917 The Social Meanings of Sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible: A Study of Four Writings Stephen D. Ryan O.P. pp. 917–919 The Emergence of Christian Identity in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians: A Social-Scientific Investigation into the Root

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