A journal of academic theology

Volume 69 Number 4

Time Judgment and Competitive Spirituality: A Reading of the Development of the Doctrine of Purgatory

Why has purgatory virtually disappeared from Catholic belief and practice since Vatican II? A competitive spirituality, gravitating around the religious vocation of ascetics from the late Middle Ages, enabled the doctrine by extending the temporal horizon within which God’s favorable judgment could be secured, first, in the lifelong practice of ascetics in their spiritual competition

Doubt and the Resurrection of Jesus

Debate on the resurrection of Jesus tends to focus either on the likelihood of Jesus’ body rising physically from the tomb or on the form in which it appears to the witnesses. The first part of this article provides a snapshot of recent literature on Jesus’ resurrection. The second part argues that there is no

God Creation and the Possibility of Philosophical Wisdom: Perspectives of Bonaventure and Aquinas

Contemporary debates about the relationship between philosophy and theology may be illuminated by comparing Aquinas’s doctrine of philosophical wisdom to Bonaventure’s. For both, philosophical wisdom apprehends God as creator through the medium of creation; the resultant act is therefore distinct from that of theology, which apprehends God through revelation. But Bonaventure also speaks of the

Maude Petre on Loisy’s Religious Significance: Spirituality and Critical History

Alfred Loisy’s enduring significance, in Maude Petre’s view, lay in his struggle to define the relationship between religious faith and facts accessible to historical critics. Arguing from both his understanding of religious faith and his commitment to historical scholarship, he opposed what Petre called the “theologico-scientific presentation of dogma” prevalent in the Roman Catholic Church

A Trinitarian Response to Issues Raised by Peter Phan

The U.S. bishops and the Vatican have reacted critically to Peter Phan’s recent book, Being Religious Interreligiously. This article attempts to address the contended issues from a trinitarian perspective. It argues that the traditional trinitarian theology of East and West, which is largely based on the Fourth Gospel, is unable to handle these issues satisfactorily,

Unbind Him and Let Him God (Jn 11:44): Ethical Issues in the Determination of Proportionate and Disproportionate Treatment

The article (1) reviews a variety of magisterial documents and essays concerning the terms “morally ordinary” and “extraordinary” treatment in relation to the provision of assisted nutrition and hydration, particularly for patients in a “permanent vegetative state”; (2) considers how the terms “ordinary” and “extraordinary” are used in both the moral and medical contexts, the

Reviews & Shorter Notices -December 2008

Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics John Paul Heil, pp.918–919 New Testament Theology: Exploring Diversity and Unity Jeffrey S. Siker, pp. 919–920 Singing the Ethos of God: On the Place of Christian Ethics in Scripture Raymond F. Collins, pp. 921–922 Biblical Theology: Issues, Methods, and Themes Robert A. Di Vito, pp.922–923 Reforming

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