Stepping Stones to Other Religions: A Christian Theology of Interreligious Dialogue


Eminent theologian Dermot Lane has prepared an informed report of progress in the Catholic Church on the importance of dialogue with other religions. He shows that inter-religious dialogue is no longer an option, but is rather part of what it means to be Catholic in the twenty-first century. Adopting a pneumatological approach to dialogue with other religions, Lane shows how a theology of the Holy Spirit is key to unlocking the riches of other religions.

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Eminent theologian Dermot Lane has prepared an informed report of progress in the Catholic Church on the importance of dialogue with other religions. He shows that inter-religious dialogue is no longer an option, but is rather part of what it means to be Catholic in the twenty-first century. Adopting a pneumatological approach to dialogue with other religions, Lane shows how a theology of the Holy Spirit is key to unlocking the riches of other religions.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781570759918
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 13

Abbreviations 15

Introduction 17

I Theology in a Radically New Context 24

1 9/11 and the New Globalisation 24

a The Modern Neglect of Religion 25

b The Turn to Multiculturalism 26

c A Post-9/11, New Interest in Religion 28

2 The Ambiguous Return of Religion to the Public Square 29

a The Impact of Globalisation 29

b The Rise of Vague Religiosities 29

c The New Visibility of Religion - A Matter of Debate 30

3 Theology Caught between Modernity and Post-Modernity 34

a Collapse of the Classical Synthesis of God, the Cosmos and the Self 35

b The Rise of Onto-Theology 37

c David Taylor's Take on the Gradual Shift from Faith to Unbelief 39

4 A Peep at Post-Modernity 42

a The Mood of Post-Modernity 43

b Some Positive Aspects of Post-Modernity 44

c The Possibility of a New, Second Modernity 45

2 The Explicit Treatment of Other Religions 141

a The 1961 Lecture 142

b Christ in Non-Christian Religions 144

c The Importance of Other Religions for Salvation 146

d The Universal Presence of the Spirit in the World 147

3 A Critical Review of Rahner 149

a A Pioneer of Dialogue and Inclusivism 149

b A Critical Examination of Rahner on Christ in Relation to Other Religions 250

c Rahner's Treatment of Other Religions 152

4 Standing on the Shoulders of Rahner in the Context of Inter-Religious Dialogue 155

a Rahner and Post-Modernism 155

b Inclusive Pluralism 159

c Christianity as an Open and Unfinished Narrative 161

V The Turn to the Spirit: Elements Within a Fundamental Theology of the Holy Spirit 169

1 A Starting Point for Dialogue with the Religions: Pneumatology and/or Trinity? 171

a Taking a Trinitarian Approach 171

b Adopting Pneumatology 172

c Reasons for starting with Pneumatology 173

2 Bernard Lonergan and Frederick Crowe on the Priority of Pneumatology 175

a Lonergan's Principles 176

b Crowe's Development of Lonergan 178

c Consequences and Challenges 180

3 Philosophical Problems with Spirit-Talk 183

a A Cultural Awkwardness with Spirit-Talk 183

b Summary of Prejudices against a Discourse about the Spirit 184

4 Philosophical Resources for Spirit-Talk 185

a The Shift from Substance to Subject 185

b Engaging critically with the Turn to the Subject 187

c New Analogies 190

5 Signposts to Spirit-Talk 190

a Anthropology and Pneumatology 192

b Putting Spirit Back into Matter 194

c 'To Think Spirit… Think Materially' 198

VI Pneumatology and Revelation 204

1 Reasons prompting a Pneumatology of Revelation 205

a Vatican II and John Paul II 205

b Pauline Literature Links the Spirit with Revelation 206

c The Action of the Spirit in Judaism and Creation 206

d The Spirit as 'the Subjective Possibility of Revelation' 207

2 Review of Dei Verbum 208

a A Shift in the Understanding of Revelation at Vatican II 208

b An Overview of Dei Verbum 209

c Gaps in Dei Verbum 210

d Linking Pneumatology and Christology in the Service ofRevelation 212

3 The Ingredients of a Pneumatology of Revelation 214

a Imagination and Theology 214

b Imagination and the Holy Spirit 216

4 Different Types of Revelation 219

a Rahner's Two-Fold Revelation: Transcendental andCategorical 220

b Monotheistic Revelation and Mystical Revelation 223

c Christ as the 'Completion' of the Revelation of God in History 224

d The Universality of the Revelation of God among the Nations and the Religions 226

5 Knowledge, Reason and Faith 47

a There Is More than One Way of Knowing 47

b Questioning the Self-Sufficiency of Secular Reason: Expanding Horizons 50

c The Relationship between Faith and Reason 54

II The Catholic Church and Other Religions 62

1 Vatican II on Other Religions 63

a The Gentle but Determined Influence of John XXIII 63

b An Outline of NostraAetate 65

c Light on Nostra Aetate from Other Documents of Vatican II 67

d Initial Evaluation of Nostra Aetate 69

2 The Reception of Nostra Aetate in the Post-Conciliar Period 70

a Encyclicals of John Paul II Promoting Dialogue with Other Religions 71

b Dialogue and Proclamation (1991) 72

c Dominus Iesus (2000) 73

d Post-Conciliar Documents on the Jews 75

e Prophetic Gestures of John Paul II 76

3 Benedict XVI on Inter-Religious Dialogue 79

a Benedict XVI and Catholic-Jewish Relations 80

b Benedict XVI and Islam-A Shift in Focus 81

c Benedict XVI and Assisi 2011 86

4 Challenges Arising from Vatican II Regarding Other Religions 87

a Nostra Aetate as a Theological and Pneumatological Event 87

b The Council as a Christological Challenge 88

c Nostra Aetate as an Ecclesial Call to a Dialogue of Mutuality 89

III Mapping the Debate in the Twentieth Century and Early Twenty-First Century 96

1 Overview of the Debate in the Twentieth Century and EarlyTwenty-First Century 98

a The Three-Fold Typology 99

b Discussion among Theologians 100

c Interventions by the.Catholic Church 101

2 A Critique of the Three-Fold Typology 107

a Critique of Religious Pluralism 108

b The Legitimacy of Theological Pluralism 110

3 Moving Beyond the Impasse 111

a Inclusive Pluralism 111

b Universal-Access Exclusivism 113

4 The Dialogical Imperative of Vatican II 114

a Paul VI on Dialogue and Vatican II 114

b Elements within a Theology of Dialogue 116

c Dialogue as Conversation 118

d Guidelines for Dialogue 120

e Dialogue - A Shared Search for Truth 123

f Dialogue between the Particular and the Universal 126

IV Karl Rahner's Contribution to Inter-Religious Dialogue 133

1 Rahner on Christ and Other Religions 134

a The Experience of God 135

b Relocating the Christ-Event within the History of the World 136

c The Presence of a Searching Christology within Other Religions 139

VII Developing a Christian Theology of the Holy Spirit 235

1 The Spirit in the First Testament 235

a Spirit in the History of Israel 236

b Spirit in the Stories of Creation 237

2 The Spirit in the Second Testament 242

a The Gift of the Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus 242

b The Gift of the Spirit in the Early Christian Communities 243

3 Constructing a Spirit Christology 244

a Congar, Crowe and the Patristic Period 244

b Reasons for a Spirit Christology 246

c A Plurality of Spirit Christologies 248

d Advantages of a Spirit Christology 252

4 Towards a Spirit Ecclesiology 253

a A New Pentecost at Vatican II? 253

b Calls for a Spirit-Centred Theology 255

c Recovering a Spirit-Centred Ecclesiology 257

d Ecclesiology in the Service of Pneumatology 258

5 Discerning the Spirit in the Churches, in Religions and in the World 260

a Historical Narratives of the Spirit in Judaism and Christianity 261

b Theological Criteria 263

c Attending to the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit 263

VIII The Jewish-Christian Dialogue: A Sign of Hope for the Future of Inter-Religious Dialogue 271

1 A Breakthrough at Vatican II 271

a A Summary of Nostra Aetate, Article 272

b Documents Supporting Nostra Aetate 272

2 The Unrevoked Covenant of God with Israel 273

a Returning to Romans 9-11 273

b From an Extrinsic to an Intrinsic Relationshipwith Second Temple Judaism 275

3 Doing Christology in the Light of Nostra Aetate 276

a The Jewishness of Jesus 277

b The Jesus Movement as a Reform Movement withinSecond Temple Judaism 280

c A Gradual Parting of the Ways 281

4 Unresolved Theological Questions in theJewish-Christian Dialogue 284

a The Horror of the Holocaust 284

b Where Is God in Human Suffering? 285

c Keeping the Memory of the Shoah Alive andthe Williamson Affair 289

d One or Many Covenants? 292

5 Other Disputed Theological Issues 295

a The Question of Mission 295

b Prayer for the Jews 299

c Similar but Different Eschatologies 300

Epilogue 309

Select Bibliography 314

Index 317

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