Critical Essays on Edward Schillebeeckx's Theology: From Theological Radicalism to Philosophical Non-Realism

Critical Essays on Edward Schillebeeckx's Theology: From Theological Radicalism to Philosophical Non-Realism

by Corneliu C. Simut, Maurice Dowling

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This book presents the main teachings of Edward Schillebeeckx, widely considered one of the most important Catholic thinkers of the twentieth century. Schillebeeckx is known for his radical departure from traditional theology, which he saw as no longer relevant to the modern world. Because today's world has been shaped by a process of secularization heavily based on reason and progress in science, technology, economics, urbanism, etc., modern people seek relevant answers to their deep existential questions that can be explained rationally. In his quest to foster relevant and meaningful answers for today's world, Schillebeeckx changed the traditional metaphysical content of Christian theology into explanations that radically reinterpret traditional Christian doctrines. Primarily, the supernatural essence of Christianity is given up as irrelevant and is replaced by a natural perspective on the world. In Schillebeeckx's thoroughly historical and truly immanent theology, God is man's terrestrial future; Christ the symbol of universal human values; and the Church is identified with the world as those communities which share these universal human values. Schillebeeckx is convinced that these explanations--emptied of metaphysical content--can help today's people understand their existence in a new, relevant, and meaningful way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498272667
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/18/2010
Series: 20100218
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
File size: 729 KB

About the Author

Corneliu C. Simu is Reader in historical and dogmatic theology at Emanuel University of Oradea, Romania. He is the author of Richard Hooker and His Early Doctrine of Justification: A Study of His Discourse of Justification (2005), The Doctrine of Salvation in the Sermons of Richard Hooker (2005), The Ontology of the Church in Hans Kung (2007), and A Critical Study of Hans Kung's Ecclesiology: From Traditionalism to Modernism (2008).

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction: A Word of Clarification xiii

1 Re-Branding Christian Theology through Secularization 1

2 Re-Defining the Concept of God 29

3 Re-Kindling the Natural Awareness of Man 57

4 Re-Shaping Christology from Jesus to Christ 84

5 Re-Assessing the Doctrine of Resurrection 113

6 Re-Imagining Religious Belonging in Ecclesiology 139

7 Re-Tracing the Boundaries between the Church and the World 166

8 Re-Inventing the World 193

A Concluding Synthesis: Edward Schillebeeckx's Theological Radicalism as Philosophical Non-Realism 220

Bibliography 247

Index 261

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