Karl Adam Catholicism In German: Theology

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Karl Adam illuminates the life and work of one of the most highly respected and widely read Catholic theologians of the twentieth century - a theologian who not only influenced such diverse thinkers as Pope Paul VI, Karl Rahner, and Flannery O'Connor, but who also had a tremendous impact on Vatican II. Here Robert Anthony Krieg, C.S.C., unites biography and theology in an insightful analysis of Adam's most influential works, showing how he crafted a theology for his time, one that embodied the central tenets of ...
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Overview

Karl Adam illuminates the life and work of one of the most highly respected and widely read Catholic theologians of the twentieth century - a theologian who not only influenced such diverse thinkers as Pope Paul VI, Karl Rahner, and Flannery O'Connor, but who also had a tremendous impact on Vatican II. Here Robert Anthony Krieg, C.S.C., unites biography and theology in an insightful analysis of Adam's most influential works, showing how he crafted a theology for his time, one that embodied the central tenets of Christian belief while simultaneously adopting the language of German neoromanticism. The book spans the century from Vatican I to Vatican II. Krieg begins by describing Adam's work against the backdrop of German Catholics' struggle to enter the cultural mainstream. He then analyzes Adam's major writings in the context of the Weimar Republic and the theological fermentation between the wars. Adam's confrontation with Nazism and his impact upon ecumenism and christology after the Second World War are also discussed. The last chapter appraises Adam's reliance on German neoromanticism for his "theology of life." Church leaders, historians, and theologians will appreciate this stimulating case study on Catholicism and inculturation, which locates Adam's efforts at theological renewal in relation to both Rome's defensive stance against modernity and Berlin's nationalism during the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268012304
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/1992
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 240

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 The Making of a Theologian (1876-1919) 1
1 Toward New Forms of Unity 4
2.1 On History and Doctrine 9
2.2 Reform Catholicism 13
2.3 Karl Adam and Reform Catholicism 16
3 Karl Adam and the Catholic Tubingen School 20
2 In Search of Catholic Identity (1920-1925) 29
1 Context: Weimar's Turn to Life's "Essence" 30
2 Text: The Spirit of Catholicism 36
3 The Theological Method 40
4 Reception: An International Best-Seller 44
5 Legacy: Church as Community 51
3 Doing Christology "From Below" (1926-1930) 57
1 Context: The Liturgical Movement 58
2 Text: Christ Our Brother 63
3 The Theological Method 66
4 Reception: Another Best-Seller 70
5 Legacy: Regaining Chalcedon's Balance 73
4 Using Scripture in Christology (1931-1933) 81
1 Context: Three Kinds of Interpretation 83
2 Text: The Son of God 87
3 The Theological Method 91
4 Reception: Another Best-Seller 99
5 Legacy: Biblical Studies and Christology 102
5 Confronted by Nazism (1933-1945) 107
1.1 Context: The Bishops' Stance in 1933 108
1.2 Catholic Scholars' Political Views 113
1.3 Text: "Deutsches Volkstum und katholisches Christentum" 117
2.1 Context: Autumn 1933 120
2.2 Text: "Vom gottmenschlichen Erloser" 123
3 Reception: Nazism against Moderation 126
4 Pursuing a Moderate Nationalism, 1934-1939 130
6 Standing Aside (1946-1966) 137
1 Text: One and Holy 137
2 Text: The Christ of Faith 140
3 Late Recognition 145
4 Karl Adam and American Catholicism 147
5 The Death of a Forerunner 153
7 Catholic Theology and Neoromanticism 159
1 Three Strengths of Adam's Theology 161
1.1 The Humanity of Jesus Christ 161
1.2 The Community of Christ 162
1.3 Figurative Language in Theology 164
2 Three Shortcomings of Adam's Theology 166
2.1 Exploring the Paschal Mystery 166
2.2 Conceptual Clarity in Theology 168
2.3 Theology and Nationalism 170
3 "Theology for Its Time" 174
Karl Adam's Life and Work: A Chronology 179
Abbreviations 183
Notes 185
General Bibliography 221
Publications by Karl Adam 231
Index 235
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