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Author: Gregory A. Ryan
In Hermeneutics of Doctrine in a Learning Church, Gregory A. Ryan offers an account of the dynamic, multi-dimensional task of interpreting Christian tradition. He integrates doctrinal hermeneutics, the ‘pastorality of doctrine’ exemplified by Pope Francis, and a systematic appraisal of Receptive Ecumenism to provide an original perspective on this task. The book focuses on three contemporary Catholic theologians (Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Ormond Rush, and Paul D. Murray), highlighting how each recognises the dynamic interaction of multiple perspectives involved in authentic ecclesial interpretation.

Christian tradition, whether passed on in teaching, scripture, practices, or structures, needs to be continually received and interpreted. This book offers theologians, ecumenists, and church workers a fresh model for receptive ecclesial learning in which doctrinal hermeneutics and pastoral realities are dynamically integrated.
New Perspectives in Systematic Theology in Light of Nineteenth Century Catholic Renewal
In Carlo Passaglia on Church and Virgin, Valfredo Maria Rossi traces the significant contribution that Carlo Passaglia (1812-1887) has made to Catholic theology, paying particular attention to his Trinitarian ecclesiology and Mariology. Though highly neglected due to his troubled life, Passaglia is one of the most brilliant theologians of the nineteenth century. Commonly – and yet erroneously – ascribed to the Neo-Scholastic movement, he anticipates and so emerges as a forerunner of several themes which will be developed during the Second Vatican Council.

In light of Passaglia’s two most relevant theological works ( De Ecclesia Christi and De Immaculato Deiparae semper Virginis Conceptu), Rossi convincingly shows the originality of Passaglia’s theology, based on a patristic ressourcement highlighting its historical salvific and sacramental dimension.
A Challenge for Contemporary Theology
Editors: Judith Hahn and Gunda Werner
The term mercy is currently omnipresent in Catholic debates. It dominates at events such as the recent Family Synods and the Jubilee Years. At the same time, it poses a significant problem for cases dealing with sexual abuse. Mercy calls to consider an individual's needs and this conflicts with justice necessitating equal treatment for everyone. Mercy applies to the fallible individual deserving of punishment, but who is saved by grace. This is most apparent in the Sacrament of Penance and other forms of penitence, forgiveness, and reconciliation where mercy both transcends and undermines justice. This problem, widely ignored in church teaching, is addressed by Dirk Ansorge, James Dallen, Judith Hahn, Atria A. Larson, Sandra Lassak, Michael A. Nobel, Rosel Oehmen-Vieregge, Heike Springhart, and Gunda Werner.
Ekklesiologische Orientierungen zwischen Gnade und Freiheit
Die Studie arbeitet über die komplexe Topographie kirchlicher Identitätskonstruktion die Ekklesiologie paradigmatisch als fundamentaltheologischen Traktat aus. Der theologisch-anthropologische Zugang markiert dabei „Gnade“ und „Freiheit“ als tragende Prinzipien.
Durch die konsequente Entwicklung eines theologisch-an-thropologischen Zugangs in die Ekklesiologie leistet die Studie zwei wichtige Beiträge. So holt das angebotene Methodendesign erstmalig die differenzierte Schwerpunktsetzung für die Reflexion auf die Kirche, die das Zweite Vatikanische Konzil definiert hat, wissenschafts- und disziplinentheoretisch ein. Der „Glaube“, als actus humanus verstanden, entfaltet darin eine rationale und soziale Architektur in der Spannung zwischen dem anthropologischen Prinzip „Freiheit“ und dem theologischen Prinzip „Gnade“, die es schließlich erlaubt, die Theologie der Freiheit nach Thomas Pröpper ekklesiologisch zu formatieren und in das Design einzupflegen.
Author: Sara Gehlin
The ambivalent role of religions in contemporary conflicts has generated an increasing call for faith-based peacebuilding endeavours. In Pathways for Theology in Peacebuilding: Ecumenical Approaches to Just Peace, Sara Gehlin discusses the ways theology can provide essential resources for such peacebuilding pursuits. The pathways for theology in peacebuilding are investigated with regard to a recent faith-based peace endeavour, namely the creation of an international ecumenical declaration on just peace. In the book, Gehlin explores the meaning of a just peace from the perspectives of theological ethics, biblical interpretation, spirituality, and ecumenical vision. On the basis of this exploration, the book maps out theological resources for peace in our time.
This bilingual edition of the Synopsis Purioris Theologiae (1625) provides English readers access to an influential textbook of Reformed Orthodoxy. Composed by four professors at the University of Leiden (Johannes Polyander, Andreas Rivetus, Antonius Walaeus, and Anthonius Thysius), it offers a presentation of Reformed theology as it was conceived in the first decades of the seventeenth century. From a decidedly Reformed perspective, the Christian doctrine is defined in contrast with alternative or diverging views, such as those of Roman Catholics, Arminians, and Socinians. The Synopsis responds to challenges coming from the immediate theological, social, and philosophical contexts. The disputations of this second volume cover topics such as Predestination, Christology, Faith and Repentance, Justification and Sanctification, and Ecclesiology.

Aktuelle christologische Debatten im Horizont koranischer Perspektiven
Das Persongeheimnis Jesu Christi ist eine der meist diskutierten Glaubenswahrheiten des Christentums. Wie kann gedacht werden, dass Jesus zugleich wahrer Gott und wahrer Mensch ist? Die Autorin zeigt, wie die koranische Rede vom Propheten Jesus als Wort und Geist von Gott helfen kann, zu einem vertieften Verständnis der Person Jesu zu gelangen und Jesus Christus als geisterfülltes Wort Gottes zu verstehen. Damit soll nicht nur die innerchristliche Diskussion zwischen Logos- und Geistchristologie weitergeführt werden. Es zeigt sich zudem, wie die Beschäftigung mit einer anderen Religion dazu verhelfen kann, Glaubenswahrheiten aus der eigenen Tradition wieder neu zu entdecken.
In: Geist im Wort
In: Geist im Wort