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BOOK REVIEWS 133 sphere of sexuality and contraception. From the standpoint of theological methodology, the first solution (remarriage) appears to be in the practical order since Lawler does not challenge the importance of the indissoluble marriage bond. With regard to the second case, it is enough to say that authentic magisterial teaching is capable of reversal (and, as Lawler indicates, reception or non-reception is surely a significant part of that process). At the same time, the extent to which the contemporary consensus of a highly secularized society should be determinative of a teaching consistent for centuries, at a time when the economic and cultural logic of late modernity has reduced to rank commodification the very nature and purpose of human sexuality, is a debatable matter. Professor Lawler's work, in my judgment, raises more questions about theological method and epistemology than it answers. I often wished discussions were more fully rounded, taking account of other arguments and perspectives. Nonetheless, the book is insightful, written with passion for theology and the Church, and deserving of careful study. THOMAS G. GUARINO Seton Hall University South Orange, New Jersey The Trinity: Rediscovering the Central Christian Mystery. By M. JOHN FARRELLY, O.S.B. Lanham, Md: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005. Pp. 305. $29.95 (paper). ISBN 0-7425-3226-7. Given the burgeoning of Trinitarian studies over the past fifteen years or so, as the packed "bibliographical essays" at the end of the book attest, the word "rediscovering" in the subtitle must be taken in a broad sense. A rediscovery of the Trinity is taking place on many fronts. After all, hardly a week goes by without a new work on Trinitarian theology appearing. For example, since the work under review was sent to me, a number of solid studies by such authors as Anne Hunt, Neil Ormerod, Gilles Emery, and Matthew Levering have been published: clearly, Farrelly's work can't be expected to distill or even refer to all this, but it remains a monument to the process of recovery and retrieval of the "central Christian mystery" occurring during the forty years to which the author's writings and research have significantly contributed. Farrelly positions himself within the Thomist theological tradition, even while attempting to take it further on a number of fronts, as I will note below. His range of theological interest is impressive. While it notably embraces ecumenical concerns and the spiritual appropriation of the Trinitarian mystery, 134 BOOK REVIEWS it reaches into other areas such as contemporary science, feminism, interfaith dialogue, inculturation, and liturgy. He suggests a division of the nine chapters of the book in the following manner. The first four present the background. First, there is an introduction to contemporary problems inherent in the proclamation of the Trinity today, followed by the scriptural foundations of Trinitarian faith. Chapter 3 presents "soundings" in the history of Christian reflection up to the end of the fourth century. The fourth chapter of "later soundings" moves nimbly from the fifth to the nineteenth century, ranging from Augustine, through the Council of Florence, on to the Reformation, through to the nineteenth century. The following five chapters seek "to articulate the outlines of a trinitarian theology appropriate for today," (xiii) in the shrinking world of the present. Paradoxically perhaps, this is where the book is most theoretical and speculative, and even quite intricately Scholastic in its argument. The extensive historical scope of the book means that there are a lot of reprises of the issues initially outlined, occasionally with the danger of mere repetition, but usually this is not so, as the respective contexts are developed and enriched, with a view to their ecumenical or spiritual effect. Chapters 6 and 7 contain demanding reflections on the generation of the Trinitarian Word and the procession of the Holy Spirit. The eighth chapter explores the relational character of the three divine persons. The final chapter is entitled "ATrinitarian Spirituality," and impinges on key issues in ecclesiology, the theology of grace, and interfaith dialogue. This is a large canvass, and a review such as this must limit itself to a few issues that provoke further discussion. The introduction that is chapter 1 is programmatic and...

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ISSN
2473-3725
Print ISSN
0040-6325
Pages
pp. 133-136
Launched on MUSE
2017-04-05
Open Access
No
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