Irish Theological Quarterly

A new issue of Irish Theological Quarterly (1 May 2007; Vol. 72, No. 2) is now available online

The Table of Contents reads:

Paul as Preacher: The Gospel Then and Now, by N.T. Wright [Abstract: What was Paul doing when he was `preaching’ the gospel? He was a pioneer missionary, whose message must have sounded very Jewish and very politically subversive. He was announcing news that was challenging at a public, not merely a personal, level. He was telling a story about the whole world, and about its creator revealing himself in a dramatically unexpected way. In Jesus, this God had put the world to rights, and was summoning all people to join in the community of those who hailed Jesus, not Caesar, as the true Lord. To announce this gospel in today’s world means confronting postmodernity, postsecularism and the new forms of empire with the same challenging word, the overarching narrative of new creation, and the generation of fresh community, to let today’s Caesars know that Jesus is Lord.]

Christology and the Jewish-Christian Dialogue: A Personal Theological Journey, by John Pawlikowski. [Abstract: The Canadian theologian Gregory Baum has argued that chapter four of Vatican II’s Nostra Aetate represents the most radical reformulation of the church’s ordinary magisterium to emerge from the Council. He is correct. For this chapter on the Church’s Relationship to the Jewish People undercut an understanding of that relationship that had persisted since patristic times. In the classical understanding the Church is presented as replacing the Jewish People in the covenantal relationship with God because of the supposed Jewish responsibility for murdering Jesus the Messiah. Traditional Christological proclamation in the Church was very closely connected with this reversal in covenantal membership. Hence the fundamental change of perception on the part of the Council regarding the Church’s relationship with Judaism poses a fundamental challenge. If Jews are now to be seen as remaining in a covenantal relationship with God after Christ, then Christological statement today needs significant reformulation. But it must be a reformulation that protects a continued universal dimension for the actions of Christ.]

Was Christ Sinless or Impeccable?, Oliver D. Crisp. [Abstract: A number of contemporary theologians deny that Christ is impeccable (incapable of sinning), opting instead for the weaker thesis that Christ was merely sinless (he could have sinned, but did not). In this article, Crisp argues against this position, and for the traditional claim that Christ is incapable of sinning.]

Pierre de Bérulle’s Apostolate of the Incarnate Word, by Myles Rearden. [Abstract: Pierre de Bérulle is the originator of the mystical and ascetical movement known as the French School of Spirituality. Although he had strong institutional concerns, the enduring value of his work lies in its radical Christocentricism. While his theology is not original, he uses it to develop the themes of contemplation and intimacy with Christ in writings of rare brilliance. His theology is eclectic, deriving from Augustinian, Thomist and Scotist sources. Some of his key concepts, however, do seem to be original: state, servitude/adherence and non-being. His works are little known in the English-speaking world.]

Newman’s Theology of Bishops, by Brian W. Hughes. [Abstract: Newman’s writings do not contain a developed treatise on the theology of the bishop. He has, however, a robust view of how bishops mediate the experience of God to believers with the aim of bringing about church unity. His theological view of bishops is a combination of patristic theology, a sacramental understanding of authority, and a spirituality of obedience. What connects these aspects together is what I describe as the bishops’ sacramental charisma.]

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