Critical Essays on Edward Schillebeeckx's Theology: From Theological Radicalism to Philosophical Non-Realism

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Feb 18, 2010 - Religion - 284 pages
This book presents the main teachings of Edward Schillebeeckx, widely considered one of the most important Catholic thinkers of the twentieth century. Schillebeeckx is known for his radical departure from traditional theology, which he saw as no longer relevant to the modern world. Because today's world has been shaped by a process of secularization heavily based on reason and progress in science, technology, economics, urbanism, etc., modern people seek relevant answers to their deep existential questions that can be explained rationally. In his quest to foster relevant and meaningful answers for today's world, Schillebeeckx changed the traditional metaphysical content of Christian theology into explanations that radically reinterpret traditional Christian doctrines. Primarily, the supernatural essence of Christianity is given up as irrelevant and is replaced by a natural perspective on the world. In Schillebeeckx's thoroughly historical and truly immanent theology, God is man's terrestrial future; Christ the symbol of universal human values; and the Church is identified with the world as those communities which share these universal human values. Schillebeeckx is convinced that these explanations--emptied of metaphysical content--can help today's people understand their existence in a new, relevant, and meaningful way.
 

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Contents

ReDefining the Concept of God
29
ReKindling the Natural Awareness of Man
57
ReShaping Christology from Jesus to Christ84
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ReAssessing the Doctrine of Resurrection
113
ReImagining Religious Belonging in Ecclesiology
139
ReTracing the Boundaries between the Church
166
ReInventing the World
193
Radicalism as Philosophical NonRealism
220
Bibliography247
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Index
261
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Corneliu C. Simu is Reader in historical and dogmatic theology at Emanuel University of Oradea, Romania. He is the author of Richard Hooker and His Early Doctrine of Justification: A Study of His Discourse of Justification (2005), The Doctrine of Salvation in the Sermons of Richard Hooker (2005), The Ontology of the Church in Hans Kung (2007), and A Critical Study of Hans Kung's Ecclesiology: From Traditionalism to Modernism (2008).

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