The Nature and Mission of Theology

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As Cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger wrote this book in response to the dialogue going on today concerning theology and the clarification of its methods, its mission and its limits which he thinks has become urgent. Ratzinger states: "To do theology-as the Magisterium understands theology-it is not sufficient merely to calculate how much religion can reasonably be expected of man and to utilize bits and pieces of the Christian tradition accordingly. Theology is born when the arbitrary judgment of reason encounters a ...

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As Cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger wrote this book in response to the dialogue going on today concerning theology and the clarification of its methods, its mission and its limits which he thinks has become urgent. Ratzinger states: "To do theology-as the Magisterium understands theology-it is not sufficient merely to calculate how much religion can reasonably be expected of man and to utilize bits and pieces of the Christian tradition accordingly. Theology is born when the arbitrary judgment of reason encounters a limit, in that we discover something which we have not excogitated ourselves but which has been revealed to us. For this reason, not every religious theory has the right to label itself as Christian or Catholic theology simply because it wishes to do so; whoever would lay claim to this title is obligated to accept as meaningful the prior given which goes along with it."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780898705386
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 130
  • Sales rank: 986,905
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Faith, Philosophy and Theology 13
1 The Unity of Philosophy and Theology in Early Christianity 13
2 From Distinction to Opposition 16
3 Toward a New Relationship 22
A Concluding Observation: Gnosis, Philosophy and Theology 28
On the Essence of the Academy and Its Freedom 31
1 Dialogue 32
2 Freedom 34
3 The Center: Truth as the Basis and Measure of Freedom 37
4 Cult 40
The Spiritual Basis and Ecclesial Identity of Theology 45
1 The New Subject as the Precondition and Foundation of All Theology 50
2 Conversion, Faith and Thought 55
3 The Ecclesial Character of Conversion and Its Consequences for Theology 58
4 Faith, Proclamation and Theology 61
5 The Temptation and Greatness of Theology 69
Pluralism as a Problem for Church and Theology 73
1 The Limit of the Church's Claim and the Plurality of Human Options 73
2 Pluralism within the Church 82
On the "Instruction concerning the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian" 101
1 Presentation 101
2 Toward a Discussion of the Text 107
Questions concerning Priestly Formation in Germany 121
1 Problems 122
2 In Search of Answers 125
Acknowledgments 129
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