Doing Theology

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Shows how major Christian thinkers (Irenaeus, Origen, Luther, and others) pursued theological understanding and then reviews the directions given by Vatican Council II for working out a beneficial and well-grounded Christian theology.

Author Biography

Fr. Jared Wicks, SJ, taught systematic and fundamental theology for twelve years at the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago and then for twenty-five years at the Gregorian University in Rome. Fr. Wicks helped draft the landmark document of Lutheran-Catholic agreement, the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, formally signed in 1999. He continues to study the theologians who contributed as expert consultants at Vatican Council II. Fr. Wicks earned his doctorate in Muumlet;nster, Germany. He is now writer-in-residence at John Carroll University, near Cleveland, Ohio.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
God's Revelationp. 2
Theology and Doctrinesp. 4
The Structure of This Bookp. 5
A Note on Theological Genrep. 5
Theology in History and the Churchp. 7
Theology and Meaningp. 7
Theology in Past Eras of Christianityp. 8
Two Early Fathers: Irenaeus and Originp. 8
Theology at the Beginning of the Modern Age: Luther and Canop. 12
Theology in 1870 and 1950: Vatican I and Pope Pius XIIp. 17
Theology in the Light of the Second Vatican Councilp. 22
Doctrine Reformulated to Benefit Human Beings (John XXIII)p. 22
New Light on Tradition, Scripture, and the Teaching Office (Magisterium)p. 24
Doctrine in Historyp. 27
The Hierarchy of Truthsp. 29
The Two Phases of Theological Methodp. 30
Listening and Explaining in Faith and Theologyp. 31
The Elements of a Complete Theological Methodp. 33
Doing Theology by Listening to the Biblical Wordp. 36
Theology and the Biblep. 37
The Canonical Scriptures and Theologyp. 38
Canon and Canonicityp. 39
The Christian Old Testament Canonp. 41
The New Testament Canonp. 44
Canon and Churchp. 46
The Inspired Wordp. 47
Inspiration as a Charism of Communicationp. 48
Inspiration and Patristic Interpretationp. 49
Church Affirmations of Biblical Inspirationp. 50
Interpreting the Biblep. 54
The Retrieval of Original Textual Meaningsp. 55
Understanding the Bible's Further Meaningp. 59
Reading Biblical Passages in the Whole Canonp. 60
Reading Biblical Books in the Churchp. 62
From Meaning to Meaningp. 64
Doing Theology in the Stream of Catholic Traditionp. 67
From the Apostolic "Deposit" to Creeds and Dogmap. 69
The Apostolic "Deposit,"p. 70
The Rule of Faithp. 71
The Early Creedsp. 72
A Dogmatic Creed: Nicea, AD 325p. 73
St. Thomas on "Articles of Faith"p. 74
Tradition in the Fathers, the Liturgy, and the Saintsp. 76
Our "Fathers in the Faith"p. 76
Liturgy as a Theological Sourcep. 79
Holy Lives as a Theological Sourcep. 80
Traditions in Theology-Theology in Traditionp. 82
Trent's Reception of Unwritten Traditionsp. 83
Newman on Tradition's Coherence and Fecundityp. 85
Vatican II on the Living Traditionp. 87
Theology in the Traditionp. 90
Doing Theology in the Light of Church Teachingp. 92
The Teaching Office in the New Testamentp. 93
Apostles and Elders/Bishops as Teachersp. 94
Paul's Mandate to the Elders of Ephesus (Acts 20)p. 96
The Magisterium of the Church Seen from the New Testamentp. 97
The Teaching Office and Theology Interacting in Historyp. 98
The Patristic Episcopal Magisteriump. 99
The Early "Petrine" Magisteriump. 100
Magisterium and Theology: Modern Developmentsp. 102
With Vatican Council II, a New Relationshipp. 105
The Magisterium and Theology Today: Related but Differentp. 106
Two Situations and Manners of Servicep. 107
The Theologian and Magisterial Teachingp. 110
Analysis of Church Teachingp. 111
Constructive Theological Thinking and Church Teachingp. 112
Doing Theology amidst Lifep. 117
Theology as Methodical Discipline and as Wisdomp. 118
A Methodical Discipline of Perceptionp. 118
Explanation in the Theological Disciplinesp. 120
The Theological Areas and Basic Topicsp. 121
Wisdom for Livingp. 123
Theology in the Communal Life of Faithp. 125
Theology Enriched from the Ecclesial Communityp. 126
Theology Contributing to the Church Communityp. 128
Theology in the Personal Life of Faithp. 132
Theology Enriched by Personal Experiencep. 133
Theology Speaks to Personal Experiencep. 135
A Closing Wordp. 138
Pope John XXIII, Opening Address of the Second Vatican Council (October 11, 1962)p. 141
Pope Paul VI, Opening of the Second Period of Vatican Council II (September 29, 1963)p. 152
Pope Paul VI, Address at the Last Meeting of Vatican Council II (December 7, 1965)p. 163
Catholic Doctrine on Revelation and Faith: The Conciliar Textsp. 172
Jared Wicks, SJ, Theologians at Vatican Council IIp. 187
Pope Benedict XVI, Interpreting Vatican Council II (December 22, 2005)p. 224
The Subject Areas of Catholic Theologyp. 234
The Levels of Teaching by the Catholic Magisteriump. 237
Notesp. 241
Recommended Further Readingp. 277
Indexp. 281
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