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From Theology to Theological Thinking

Jean-Yves Lacoste. Translated by W. Chris Hackett. Introduction by Jeffrey Bloechl

Publication Year: 2014

"Christian philosophy" is commonly regarded as an oxymoron, philosophy being thought incompatible with the assumptions and conclusions required by religious faith. According to this way of thinking, philosophy and theology must forever remain distinct.

In From Theology to Theological Thinking, Jean-Yves Lacoste takes a different approach. Stepping back from contemporary philosophical concerns, Lacoste—a leading figure in the philosophy of religion—looks at the relationship between philosophy and theology from the standpoint of the history of ideas. He notes in particular that theology and philosophy were not considered separate realms until the high Middle Ages, this distinction being a hallmark of the modern era that is coming to an end. Lacoste argues that the intellectual task before us now is to work in the frontier region between or beyond these domains, work he identifies as "the task of thinking."

With this argument, Lacoste resets our understanding of Western Christian thought, contending that a new way of thinking that is at once philosophical and theological will be the lasting discourse of Christianity.

Published by: University of Virginia Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction: Eschatology, Liturgy, and the Task of Thinking

Jeffrey Bloechl

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pp. vii-xxii

Our question today, and perhaps always, asks not whether God exists but what God’s relation is to the world. This question troubles the life of faith, and it challenges the theology that provides that life with its necessary intelligence. And one misses its full force if one reduces it to a matter of divine mystery, where to be sure thought does meet an essential limit. The...

A Note on the Translation

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pp. xxiii-xxx

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1. Theōria, vita philosophica, and Christian Experience

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pp. 1-30

To give honor where honor is due, let the philosopher be the first to come on stage: after all, those whom we name “theologians” only adopted this label very late and, in the first centuries of Christianity, simply considered themselves philosophers. To make the gross distinction between “philosopher” and “theologian” is to be mistaken about the meaning of “philosophy"...

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2. Philosophy, Theology, and the Academy

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pp. 31-62

The transition from late antiquity to the Middle Ages is obscure and remains open to any number of potential periodizations. Intellectual history customarily requires that we propose a name and in this instance the custom is not wrong. We are speaking of Boethius. Boethius matters to the history of philosophy because of his occupation as translator and commentator...

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3. Philosophy, Theology, and the Task of Thinking

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pp. 63-90

We can affirm without any shilly-shallying that Scholastic theology is a scientia. And because the University was universitas scientiarum, we can propose the equivalence of scientia and university discipline. This suffices for the epoch. This will also suffice later, after the appearance of the concept of science, if we are content to assign to theology a place among the...


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pp. 91-98


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pp. 99-106

E-ISBN-13: 9780813935577
E-ISBN-10: 0813935571
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813935560
Print-ISBN-10: 0813935563

Page Count: 136
Publication Year: 2014

OCLC Number: 868279189
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