Church: The Human Story of God by Edward Schillebeeckx

By Edward Schillebeeckx

Schillebeeckx completes the trilogy of Jesus (1979) and Christ (1980) with an ecclesiology set within the context of basic theology. In hugely readable style he argues that God's relation to people is often mediated via human event and heritage. Reflecting a Thomistic process all through, Schillebeeckx emphasizes that during construction God supplies an integrity in their personal to people and to the area. hence God's saving job in historical past . . . doesn't violate yet quite seeks the success of humanity and the cosmos. Christian id will depend on participation during this liberation meant by way of God. The church because the priceless institutionalization of the Christian circulation has to be democratized in an effort to be in step with its divine challenge. this can be a big assertion of Schillebeeckx's relevant convictions in regards to the Christian religion and the position of the church on the earth.

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18 Prosper, ep ad Aug 7 (PL 51: 72). 22 Monastic theology in Wfth-century southern Gaul vindictive, tone characteristic of all Prosper’s writings on Augustine’s behalf. 20 There is a certain plausibility to that claim but, even so, Prosper’s argument distinctly lacks any proof. In fact, it has that enviable feature of all good conspiracy theories: it is predicated on the assumption that the conspirators are clever enough not to leave any evidence; it Xourishes on suspicion, rather than proof. On the other hand, just because Prosper’s argument seems paranoid does not mean that it is wrong.

It makes more sense as precisely what it purports to be, a refutation of local Predestinationist beliefs. More will be said about Predestinationism in contemporary Gaul in due course, but at present let us note that the practice of treating these records with suspicion because they originate from parties hostile to Augustine has no basis in the evidence. 65 We have seen from Faustus’ gentle but Wrm 61 Cf. Faustus, ep 1 (CSEL 21: 162): ‘Item anathema illi, qui hominem cum Wdeli confessione solemniter baptizatum et adserentem catholicam Wdem et postmodum per diuersa mundi huius oblectamenta et temptamenta prolapsum in Adam et originale peccatum perisse adseruerit’ (author’s emphasis).

1 asserts with totally unjustiWed conWdence that ‘the Commonitory show[s] that St Vincent attacked Augustine vigorously’; Franses (1927): 150–1 even argues that Vincent and Prosper were engaged in an open debate about Augustine and attempts to identify Vincent as the target of other polemics by Prosper. 35 Koch (1907) has argued that Vincent wrote the Articles on the basis of a stylistic comparison to the Commonitorium; cf. Madoz (1933): 68–9. Those who have distanced Vincent from the Articles include Weigel (1938), Demeulenaere (CSEL 64: 133), and O’Connor (1964) (whose work I have not been able to consult).

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