A Man of the Church: Honoring the Theology, Life, and Witness of Ralph del Colle

A Man of the Church: Honoring the Theology, Life, and Witness of Ralph del Colle

by Michel Barnes

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Overview

Synopsis:
Ralph del Colle was born in New York City on October 3, 1954 and was raised in Mineola, Long Island. He attended Xavier High School in Chelsea and received a BA in History and Literature of Religions from New York University, and MDiv, MPhil, and PhD degrees from Union Theological Seminary. Ralph taught for 17 years in the Marquette University Theology Department; prior to that he taught at Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida and at St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire.

Ralph's lively Christian faith and interest in church unity led to his participation in ecumenical dialogues. He served as a representative to the International Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue for the Pontifical Council on Christian Unity for 12 years and also served on the Catholic-Reformed Dialogue and Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue, both for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was invited by the Pontifical Council to serve as a representative to the World Council of Churches Assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1998. In 2002-2003, he served as the President of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and in 2003 Ralph received the Archbishop's Vatican II Award. Ralph's scholarly work, especially his work on the Holy Spirit, made significant contributions to the field of Systematic Theology.

Ralph died in July of 2012, slightly more than four weeks after he was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. He was fifty-seven.

Author Biography:
Michel Rene Barnes is Associate Professor for Patristics at Marquette University. He has written extensively on the trinitarian theologies of Augustine and Gregory of Nyssa. His most recent publication, "Ebion at the Barricades: Moral Narrative and Post-Christian Catholic Theology," is a radical critique of Catholic Systematic theology as it has been practiced since Vatican Two.

CONTRIBUTORS:
Michel René Barnes, Richard J. Barry, Peter J. Casarella, David M. Coffey, D. Lyle Dabney, The Reverend Andrew Grosso, Paul R. Hinlicky, D. Thomas Hughson, Ulrich L. Lehner, Matthew Levering, D. Stephen Long, Bruce D. Marshall, Mickey L. Mattox, Rodrigo J. Morales, Joseph G. Mueller, S.J., C. C. Pecknold, R. R. Reno, Philip J. Rossi, S.J, James K. A. Smith, Geoffrey Wainwright, John Webster, Thomas G. Weinandy, O.F.M.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620326015
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 09/30/2012
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.50(d)

About the Author

Michel Rene Barnes is Associate Professor for Patristics at Marquette University. He has written extensively on the trinitarian theologies of Augustine and Gregory of Nyssa. His most recent publication, "Ebion at the Barricades: Moral Narrative and Post-Christian Catholic Theology," is a radical critique of Catholic Systematic theology as it has been practiced since Vatican Two.

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface vii

Introduction Timothy Cardinal Dolan xi

A Letter from The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Monsignor Juan Usma Gómez xiii

List of Contributors xv

I A Last Word

1 Spirit Christology: Dogmatic Issues Ralph Del Colle 3

II The Vocation of the Theologian-Reflections on the Work and Witness of Ralph Del Colle

2 The Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian Bruce D. Marshall 23

3 Courage John Webster 40

4 The Humble Greatness of Theology - C. C. Pecknold 56

5 The Work and Witness of Ralph Del Colle: Ecumenical Friendship D. Stephen Long 65

6 Embodying Grace: The Super/natural Witness of Ralph Del Colle James K. A. Smith 82

7 Speaking the Truth in Love: Ralph Del Colle and the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Dialogue Geoffrey Wainwright 88

8 The Our Father, Prayer of the Crucified: In Tribute to Ralph Del Colle, Who Prayed the Our Father with Jesus his Savior Thomas G. Weinandy, O.F.M., Cap. 96

9 Snowden's Secret: Gregory of Nyssa on Passion and Death Michel René Barnes 107

III Dimensions of Christological, Pneumatological, and Trinitarian Theology

10 Diastasis in the Trinity Edward T. Oakes, S.J. 125

11 The Divinity of Christ and Social Justice D. Thomas Hughson, S.J. 148

12 "He Will Baptize You with the Holy Spirit": Recovering a Metaphor for a Contemporary Pneumatological Soteriology D. Lyle Dabney 176

13 A Chaste Marriage: Matthias Scheeben's (Western) Doctrine of Deification Richard J. Barry 185

14 Spirit-Christology and the Shape of the Theological Enterprise Andrew Grosso 206

IV Theological Dimensions of Biblical Interpretation

15 The Facecloth of John 20:7 David Coffey 225

16 The Book of Job and God's Existence Matthew Levering 231

17 Reformation Controversy and Biblical Interpretation R. R. Reno 241

18 Baptism, Unity, and Crucifying the Flesh Rodrigo J. Morales 249

V Ecumenical Dimensions of Christian Theology

19 Mary and Inculturation Peter J. Casarella 265

20 Ghosts of Westphalia: Fictions and Ideals of Ecclesial Unity in Enlightenment Germany Ulrich L. Lehner 283

21 "An Irony of Enthusiasm": The Reversal of Luther's Epithet in the Enlightenment Paul R. Hinlicky 302

22 Reading Kant Ecumenically: Prolegomena to an Anthropology of Hope in the Aftermath of Modernity Philip J. Rossi, S.J. 316

Epilogue: The Homily Preached at the Funeral of Ralph Del Colle Joseph G. Mueller, S.J. 331

Opera: The Theology and Witness of Ralph Del Colle (1954-2012) 335

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