This volume argues that although in the twentieth century Catholic theology increasingly recognized the centrality of Christology - particularly the person of Christ - as the locus of revelation and drew out the crucial implications of Christ as the revelation of God, it was slow to connect this revelatory dynamic with the encounter that occurs within the sacramental space of the liturgy, most notably the Eucharist. Taking the decline of the neoscholastic enterprise in Catholic theology and the challenges posed by modernism as his point of departure, Philip Caldwell traces the evolution of the Catholic theology of revelation in the twentieth century and the vital role played by the liturgical and sacramental renewal movements in reimagining this pivotal theological category. Examining the specific contributions of Rene Latourelle, Avery Dulles, Salvatore Marsilli, and Gustave Martelet, this volume provides a comprehensive account of why a Trinitarian and Christological construal of liturgy and sacraments as revelation is key to the vision that informed Vatican II and offers constructive theological and ecclesial possibilities for the future.
Rev. Dr. Philip Caldwell is a priest of the Diocese of Salford and professor of theology at Oscott College in Birmingham, England. Lewis Ayres is professor of Catholic and historical theology at the University of Durham, UK. Medi Ann Volpe is research fellow in theology at St. John's College, Durham, UK
Contents:; Introduction; Part I: The Historical-Theological Background and Major Themes; 1. Overtures for Change; Part II: The Exposition and Analysis of Selected Authors; 2. Rene Latourelle: Establishing the Christological Foundation of Revelation; 3. Avery Dulles: Diversifying the Models of Approach; 4. Salvatore Marsilli: Granting Priority to the Liturgy; 5. Gustave Martelet: Forming a Sacramental Anthropology; Part III: Evaluations and Prospectives; 6. Moving Towards a Synthesis; Conclusion; Bibliography.
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