Catholic Theology

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-01-26
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark

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Rowland showcases here the dominant contemporary approaches to doing Catholic theology. Chapter 1 offers a summary of the two International Theological Commission (ITC) documents on the discipline of Catholic theology. These documents set out the general principles which should govern any approach to Catholic theology (at least according to the ITC). The subsequent chapters each focus on one of four different approaches frequently found in contemporary Catholic academies: the approach of Thomists, members of the Communio milieu, members of the Concilium milieu and promoters of different varieties of Liberation Theology.
Rowland's work is pitched at the level of first time students of theology who are trying to make sense of the methodological choices which undergird the different approaches to Catholic theology.
Rowland concludes with four appendices: a list of all Doctors of the Church, a list of all encyclicals since the 19th century, a list of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, and a list of definitions of the various Christological heresies which were the subject of the debates of the early Church Councils.
These appendices will provide useful reference tables for young scholars, including seminarians.

Author Biography

Tracey Rowland is Dean and Associate Professor of Political Philosophy and Continental Theology at the John Paul II Institute, Melbourne, Australia, a member of the Centre for Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, UK, and a member of the editorial board of the English language edition of Communio, founded, among others, by Joseph Ratzinger. She is the author of Culture and the Thomist Tradition: After Vatican II (2003) and Ratzinger's Faith: The Theology of Benedict XVI (2008).

Table of Contents

Prologue: Catholic Theology and the Crucible of the Early Church: Liturgical Experience, Scriptural Exegesis, Metaphysical Reflection, and Doctrinal Formulation

God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth
a. YHWH and the Trinity
b. Creation and Creatures
c. Providence, Law, and Sin

Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord
a. The Messiah of Israel: Torah and Temple
b. The Incarnation: Priest, Prophet, King
c. The Paschal Mystery: The Day of the Lord

The Holy Spirit
a. History and Prophecy
b. The Newness of Pentecost
c. Grace, Virtue, Divinization

The Holy Catholic Church
a. The Eucharist Builds the Church
b. Mystical Body and People of God
c. One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic

The Communion of Saints
a. Truth and Love
b. The Exchange of Spiritual Goods
c. The Motherhood of Mary

The Forgiveness of Sins
a. Faith and the Sacraments
b. Continual Conversion
c. The Salt of the World

The Resurrection of the Body
a. Body and Soul
b. Death
c. Resurrection and Bodiliness

Life Everlasting
a. Time, Eternity, and the New Creation
b. Judgment
c. Heaven, Purgatory, Hell


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