The situation of religious institutional diminishment in many Western countries requires new approaches to the proclamation of Christian faith. As a response to these complexities, Karl Rahner suggested a “mystagogic” approach as a future pathway for theology. A mystagogical approach seeks modes of spiritual and theological conversation which engage the religious imagination and draws upon personal experiences of transcendence and religious sensibility. In
Karl Rahner, Culture and Evangelization: New Approaches in an Australian Setting, Anthony Mellor develops a reflective process of contemporary “mystagogia” describing how different fields of engagement require different patterns of mystagogical conversation. While focussing on the Australian setting, these differentiate arenas of engagement are also applicable to other cultural settings and offer fresh perspectives for evangelisation today.
Anthony Mellor, Ph.D. (2017), Austrialian Catholic University, is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and currently the Parish Priest of Clayfield Parish. Anthony is also currently Academic Dean of Holy Spirit Seminary in Brisbane and the theological advisor to Catholic Education in the Archdiocese. He has served in pastoral ministry within the Archdiocese. He has also studied in Rome, where he was awarded a Licentiate in Theology (STL - Dogma) from the Gregorian University in 2010. He has also contributed to a number of adult faith education publications.
The publication would be of interest to: Theological institutes and libraries, particularly, although not exclusively, to the Oceanic region. Academics in the areas of theology, mission and culture.