Chalice of God: A Systematic Theology in Outline [NOOK Book]

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Over the course of a distinguished theological career, Aidan Nichols has produced an array of masterful contributions to the fields of systematic theology, ecclesiology, theological aesthetics, ecumenism, liturgy, and Scripture. Now, in Chalice of God, he attempts to synthesize a lifetime of research, teaching, and scholarly reflection in a book that is both rigorously academic and intensely personal. This is Nichols' theological manifesto for the twenty-first century. Drawing together the insights of high ...
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Overview

Over the course of a distinguished theological career, Aidan Nichols has produced an array of masterful contributions to the fields of systematic theology, ecclesiology, theological aesthetics, ecumenism, liturgy, and Scripture. Now, in Chalice of God, he attempts to synthesize a lifetime of research, teaching, and scholarly reflection in a book that is both rigorously academic and intensely personal. This is Nichols' theological manifesto for the twenty-first century. Drawing together the insights of high scholasticism, the mid-twentieth-century ressourcement movement, a holistic reading of Scripture typical of the best patristic exegesis, and the liturgical tradition and iconography of both East and West, he presents a sound architecture for contemporary Catholic theology. Chalice of God promises to enrich and challenge those who engage in the enterprise of theology for years to come.
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By his numerous publications, English Dominican Aidan Nichols has contributed mightily to the theological education of the Christian world. In Chalice of God, Nichols serves up classic ressourcement at its best.
Romanus Cessario, O.P., Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts

In Chalice of God, Father Aidan Nichols, OP, makes an important contribution to systematic theology. He provides a high-level overview of Catholic theology that will be helpful to those looking for a concise and comprehensive vision of the faith as an organic whole. Anyone looking for a well written and theologically penetrating overview of Catholic theology will find it here. Chalice of God attempts successfully the daring effort to present a coordinated view of theology itself.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl Archbishop of Washington

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814634325
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author


Fr. Aidan Nichols, O.P., of Blackfriars, Cambridge, is a lecturer at Cambridge University. He was awarded the title Sacrae Theologiae Magister by the Dominican order in 2003. His many important works include The Shape of Catholic Theology: An Introduction to its Sources, Principles and History; Epiphany: A Theological Introduction to Catholicism; Lovely, like Jerusalem: The Fulfillment of the Old Testament in Christ and the Church; The Thought of Pope Benedict XVI: An Introduction to the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger; and, most recently, Lost in Wonder: Essays on Liturgy and the Arts.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Other Works by Aidan Nichols xii

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 Prolegomena 1

1.1 A Basic Concept of Theology 2

1.2 The Specificity of Systematics 5

1.3 A Philosophical Principle of Order 5

1.4 A Theological Principle of Order 7

Chapter 2 A Congruent Ontology 11

2.1 Preamble 12

2.2 An Ontology Suited to the Demands of Philosophy 12

2.3 The Key Ontological Terms 17

2.4 An Ontology Suited to the Demands of Theology 25

Chapter 3 A Christological Determination of Biblical History 33

3.1 A Fundamental Hermeneutic 34

3.2 The Christological Determinant 38

3.3 The Mission of the Messiah 40

3.4 The Mission's Fulfillment 42

3.5 The Divinity of the Sent and Anointed One 47

Chapter 4 Tradition as the Transmission of Revelation 53

4.1 The Theology of Tradition 54

4.2 An Ecclesiology 57

4.3 The Sacred Liturgy and Tradition 62

Chapter 5 The Mysteric Pattern of Christian Existence 65

5.1 Revelation and the Greater Mysteries 66

5.2 The Drama of the Greater Mysteries as the Archetype of Christian Existence 67

5.3 The Sacraments as the Lesser Mysteries 70

5.4 Christian Morality as Mystical Tropology 75

5.5 Coinherence in the Mysteries: The Mother of God and the Communion of Saints 80

5.6 The Principle Underlying the Transposition of the Mysteries: The Work of Grace 83

5.7 The Icons of Grace: Society and State, Household and Friendship, Arts and Sciences 86

5.8 The Extension of the Pattern: Mission and Dialogue 90

5.9 Total Interpretation: Universal History 91

Chapter 6 The Holy Trinity as Matrix and Goal of Persons and the World 93

6.1 The Trinity as Expositionally Taught 94

6.2 The Trinity as Found in the Paschal Mystery 101

6.3 The Indwelling Trinity 104

6.4 The Trinity as Protology and Eschatology 106

Concluding Icon 111

Notes 113

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