Patristics and Catholic Social Thought
Hermeneutical Models for a Dialogue
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
Preface, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
A work of this scale could not have come together without the participation and contribution of others. This study is the third of four volumes to be published from a research project directed by the Centre for Catholic Social Thought based at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. ...
List of Abbreviations
List of Tables
Ever tried to place one ball on top of another? How about three balls, one on top of the other? Nearly impossible. This study attempts just such a feat in what some have deemed, well, if not altogether impossible, perhaps rather unnecessary or even inappropriate. ...
Chapter 1: Patristic Sources and Catholic Social Teaching
Deus Caritas Est (promulgated 2005; hereafter, DCE) set a new record for the penetration of patristic source materials into the fabric of a social encyclical. Of the encyclical’s roughly 13,000 words, 1,030 of them (8 percent) are devoted to one patristic source or another. No other document of Catholic social teaching (CST) comes close (cf. table 3 below).1 ...
Chapter 2: Themes in Patristic Social Thought
To this point, it has been argued that CST has an interest in incorporating patristic social thought into its mix of variables. It has also been shown that CST has had difficulty joining its message to that of patristic socioethical texts. Moreover, it was suggested that much of this problem is due to the difficulty of applying a text from so foreign a context as the world of late antiquity to the world we inhabit. ...
Chapter 3: An “Authorial Intent” Model
To this point, it has been argued that Christian social thought has an interest in incorporating patristic social thought into its mix of variables. It has also been argued that Catholic social teaching, one part of the Christian social thought spectrum, has had difficulty joining its message to that of patristic socioethical texts. ...
Chapter 4: A “Distanciation” Model
The previous chapter both introduced the two case study texts for this book and applied to them an “authorial intent” model of interpretation. The chapter also teased out the contributions of these texts’ socioethical ideas to Christian social thought in our day, chief among them being a renewed concern among individuals for those with needs in our societies. ...
Chapter 5: A “Normativity of the Future” Model
In the introduction, this study tipped its hat toward the model that is the focus of this chapter, so it would not be inappropriate to remind the reader here that this study argues that this model holds significant potential for reading patristic socioethical texts in light of the contemporary concerns of Christian social thought. ...
Chapter 6: A “ New Intellectual History” Model
In the preceding chapters, we have completed a review of three hermeneutical models. Each model has emphasized something different: authorial intent, distanciation, and the future that a text projects. In this chapter we turn to our fourth and final model. This model has been variously described as postmodern, literary, poststructural, and deconstructionist, among others, ...
According to Paul Hanson, there are three levels to revolutionary breakthroughs in social thought within a culture: (1) worldview, (2) laws/institutions, and (3) practice (or daily life). In reference to the stories of Israel in the Hebrew Bible, Hanson wrote, ...
Appendix 1. Asterius of Amasea’s Homily 1
Appendix 2. Jerome’s Homily 86
Index of Scriptural Passages
Index of Early Christian Sources
Page Count: 328
Publication Year: 2014
OCLC Number: 882262372
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