Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives - Vol. 2

Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives - Vol. 2

Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives - Vol. 2

Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives - Vol. 2

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Preceding and following the Second Vatican Council, Roman Catholic theology experienced profound growth and development. These volumes seek to explain the major elements of Roman Catholic theology as it has developed in the wake of Vatican II. They are intended to present postconciliar theology as faithful to the Roman Catholic tradition, influenced by historical and ecumenical studies, open to new philosophical currents, and sensitive to diverse historical and cultural situations.

Planning for these volumes began a few years ago when John A. Hollar of Fortress Press and the editors agreed that a brief exposition of systematic theology from a Roman Catholic perspective would be a useful addition to current theological literature. Karl Rahner's Foundations of Christian Faith is an exemplary introduction to major areas of Roman Catholic theology. Yet its philosophical categories often pose a difficult challenge for the student of theology. Moreover, it does not cover several topics important to systematic theology. The need for a less advanced but more comprehensive treatment was obvious. Some classic treatments existed. Yet, preexisting Vatican II, they were somewhat dated. Several excellent catechetical and popular volumes existed. But they often presented the basics of Christian faith without reference to contemporary developments in theological method and categories. We therefore envisioned a collaborative work that would be comprehensive in its coverage, understandable to students, and centered around the current state of the question and the diverse developments in Roman Catholic theology since Vatican II.

In asking individual contributors to offer brief expositions of specific theological treatises, we requested that each contributor keep five specific goals in mind. First, the work was to be rooted in Roman Catholic theology. This goal did not mean that the authors should follow either the manualist deductive method or a one-sided apologetical approach that seeks to prove certain theses. Rather, it meant . . .

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