A journal of academic theology

Volume 75 Number 1

The Divine Dignity of Human Persons in Dignitatis humanae

This article concludes our formal series commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican II. The author inquires about the idea of human dignity that inspired Dignitatis humanae, the Declaration on Religious Freedom. The idea is grounded in the fact that human beings are created in the image of God; they are intelligent and free, replicas of

Facing the World: A Theological and Biographical Inquiry

This article is a revised and expanded version of the talk given by Johann Baptist Metz after being awarded the Salzburg University Week Theology Prize (2007). It offers a picture of the new political theology, of how he seeks to describe and construe a theology “facing the world.” He begins by acknowledging his debt to

Hell: The Mystery of Eternal Love and Eternal Obduracy

The author helps redress the absence of serious theological thinking on the biblical and church doctrine of hell and indirectly contradicts current mythological caricatures. He first evaluates diverse views from history up through the twentieth century. He then argues that an orthodox contemporary theology could understand hell as the eternally loving presence of God, Christ,

The Eucharistic Species in Light of Peirce’s Sign Theory

The author argues that the thought of American polymath Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914) offers a coherent, adequate, and versatile framework for understanding the eucharistic species as “signs.” Specifically, the historical analyses in the first and second parts of the article provide a conceptual grammar for showing the usefulness of Peirce’s sign theory to interpret the

Beyond Essentialism and Complementarity: Toward a Theological Anthropology Rooted in Haecceitas

The field of theological anthropology has experienced something of an impasse in recent decades as a result of the critical challenges that have arisen from developments in feminist theory and poststructuralist philosophy. This article explores the possibility that an approach to theological reflection on the human person rooted in the philosophical and theological innovations of

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