Edward Schillebeeckx and Hans Frei
A Conversation on Method and Christology
Publication Year: 2001
Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Any contemporary theological work must start with a description of its method. In working out such a description, however, we are concerned not only with answering how a particular theological task is done, but also with the theological reasoning justifying the method being adopted. ...
Part One: Hans Frei
1 Doctrinal Considerations: The Doctrine of Revelation
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Before discussing Hans Frei’s theological position, it may be helpful to mention something about his life and background (Hunsinger, private letter, 1992). Frei was born in Germany in 1922. Both his parents were physicians. His father taught at the University of Berlin and was a well-known immunologist. ...
2 Biblical Hermeneutics
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Before discussing what is meant by the “literal meaning” and the “narrative” reading of the Bible that Frei suggests, it is important to identify the problems that Frei believes have affected the way the Bible is read as a result of the question of where revelation is to be located. The polarization between ...
3 Jesus the Christ
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It is important to note how a particular doctrine of revelation determines a particular way of reading the Bible and seeking meaning, which in turn determines a particular way of theologizing, in this case expounding a christology. For Frei, theology is a confessional rather than an apologetic enterprise. ...
Part Two: Edward Schillebeeckx
4 Doctrinal Considerations: The Doctrine of Revelation
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Before discussing Edward Schillebeeckx’s theological position, it may be helpful to mention something about his life and background (Schreiter 1984: 1-4). Schillebeeckx, a Dominican priest, was born in 1914 and raised in Belgium. His early education was by the Jesuits. However, after studying the lives of several founders ...
5 A Hermeneutical Theory
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Another aspect of the question of historical consciousness with which Schillebeeckx has been preoccupied is that of change and pluralism. In this chapter, I will present Schillebeeckx’s theory of history and historical change, and then proceed to his understanding of hermeneutics. ...
6 Jesus the Christ
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This chapter will explore the way in which Schillebeeckx’s understanding of experience shapes his christology. From the previous chapters in this section, one can see that for Schillebeeckx experience is important for two intrinsically connected reasons. On the one hand, experience is the medium of revelation, ...
Part Three: Frei and Schillebeeckx: A Comparison
7 Doctrinal Differences
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In the previous two parts, I have presented two different answers to the question of the role of experience in theology and theological method as found in the works of thought Hans Frei and of Edward Schillebeeckx. In this part, I will compare them and contrast them. The comparison will be done on several levels. ...
8 Biblical Interpretation and Jesus the Christ
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In the previous chapter, I outlined the differences between Schillebeeckx and Frei on issues of doctrine and their respective understanding of theology and theological method. My claim was that the use of a certain theological method was not only based on their theological perspectives but also directed by their questions. ...
9 Experience and Theology
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The complexity of questions about the use of experience as a source for theology cannot be reduced to a simple dichotomy, whereby either one opts for a particular theological method that uses experience as one of its aspects or one simply opts for another method that does not use experience at all. ...
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Page Count: 193
Publication Year: 2001
Series Title: Editions SR