A journal of academic theology

Volume 70 Number 4

Reviews & Shorter Notices – December 2009

The Deed and the Doer in the Bible: David Daube’s Gifford Lectures, Volume 1 Robert A. Di Vito, pp. 929–930 Feminist Interpretations of Augustine Francine Cardman, pp. 930–932 Tertullian’s Adversus Iudaeos : A Rhetorical Analysis Maureen A. Tilley, pp. 932–933 The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies Christine Shepardson, pp. 933–935 Journey to the East:

Forgetting as a Principle of Continuity in Tradition

Whether intentionally or not, Catholic tradition frequently fails to take account of, or to remember, beliefs, practices, or objects previously received by the tradition. Such forgetting proves unavoidable, but it can actually help the tradition as a whole to perdure in continuity with its origins. The theories of Yves Congar, John Thiel, and Kathryn Tanner

The Freedom of Christ in the Later Lonergan

The human freedom of Christ is a test case for how genuinely we admit the reality of Christ’s humanity. This article presents Christ’s freedom in light of Bernard Lonergan’s later theology. A defining influence on the matter in this period was Lonergan’s developing understanding of intentionality analysis. The article explains this complex notion and then

Religious Pluralism and the Coincidence of Opposites

The author discusses a theology of religious pluralism in light of the Trinity-Christ relationship. As the Trinity is the paradigm for interpreting religious diversity from a Christian perspective, so the significance of Christ as mediating center of a relational God is explored. Bonaventure’s coincidence of opposites helps break open the Christ mystery as one that

Divine Wrath and Human Anger: Embarrassment Ancient and New

The author argues that embarrassment over references to divine wrath in more recent times reflects a similar embarrassment or at least ambivalence among writers, pagan and Christian, in Late Antiquity. Patristic writers were especially sensitive to the ways human rage could inform Scripture readers’ understanding of divine wrath. Although insisting that God’s indignation was a

Proclamation as Dialogue: Transition in the Church–World Relationship

Vatican Il’s Gaudium et spes sees the church-world relationship in dialogical terms. This article argues that conceiving the church-world relationship as a dialogue is an important element in the council’s recognition of what Charles Taylor calls the “modern social imaginary.” The article defends the council’s view of dialogue against the argument that contemporary Western views

Mission AD Gentes and the Perils of Racial Privilege

Building on an episode in Uganda, the author considers ethical issues facing missionaries due to race-based privileges. He uses the notion of white privilege to consider how missionaries should negotiate the default racialization found in missionary settings where race operates differently than it does where white privilege is usually found. Racial privileges intensify the competing

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