A journal of academic theology

Volume 70 Number 3

Wound Made Fountain: Toward a Theology of Redemption

The heuristic of retributive punishment on which theology has often relied to explain the Crucifixion, argues the author, does not help us understand how this event was responsive to the wounds of the violated. A heuristic of empathetic identification, however, enables us to develop a theology of redemption that appreciates how God’s loving embrace of

Lonergan and Pannenberg’s Methodologies: A Critical Examination

Perhaps without intending it, Robert Doran began a conversation that contrasts the methodological procedures of Wolfhart Pannenberg with the methodology of Bernard Lonergan. This essay explores the differences further and shows how a clarification of these two distinct but helpful methodological procedures not only enhances an understanding of the mysteries of the Christian faith and

On the Dynamic Relation between Ecclesiology and Congregational Studies

The liveliness of the discipline of ecclesiology depends on the cross-referencing between theological doctrines about the church and actual churches. In an intellectual pincer movement these authors argue that the theological discipline of ecclesiology has to be chastened by consideration of the congregations in order to be credible, and that congregational studies needs the input

Gregory the Great and the Sixth-Century Dispute over the Ecumenical Title

The article explores the showdown between Pope Gregory I and Patriarch John IV of Constantinople over the ecumenical title. It argues that the promotion of the title coincided with other Eastern challenges to Roman prestige and that Gregory’s diplomatic strategies evolved over the course of the controversy. While nothing in his correspondence suggests that he

Interconnectedness and Intrinsic Value as Ecological Principles: An appropriation of Karl Rahner’s Evolutionary Christology

The ecological crisis today is due in great part to a widespread anthropocentric attitude toward nature characterized by (1) a dualism that sees humanity as totally distinct from nature and (2) an instrumentalism that sanctions an indiscriminate use of nature for the sake of humans. To offset the possible destructiveness of this anthropocentrism, we need

Crossing the Divide: Foundations of a Theology of Migration and Refugees

Examining theological reflection in an age of migration, the author focuses on four foundations of a theology of migration and refugees: (1) Imago Dei: Crossing the Problem—Person Divide; (2) Verbum Dei: Crossing the Divine—Human Divide; (3) Missio Dei: Crossing the Human—Human Divide; and (4) Visio Dei: Crossing the Country—Kingdom divide. As a call to cross

The African Experience of Jesus

The article explores the African experience of Jesus in an objective and subjective sense. Under the rubrics of missionary, biblical, and independent experience, how Africans have experienced Jesus centers on the question whether and how Jesus can be said to have moved from being a stranger or guest to being kin and finally host. How

Reviews & Shorter Notices – September 2009

An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach Shawn W. Flynn, pp. 693–694 Studien zum Johanneskommentar des Theodor von Mopsuestia Rowan A. Greer, pp. 694–696 Jesus: A Portrait, Salvation for all: God’s other Peoples Robert A. Krieg, pp. 696–698 Participatory Biblical Exegesis: A Theology of Biblical Interpretation Ronald D. Witherup S.S., pp. 698–699