The Praxis of the Reign of God: An Introduction to the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx

The Praxis of the Reign of God: An Introduction to the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx

The Praxis of the Reign of God: An Introduction to the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx

The Praxis of the Reign of God: An Introduction to the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx

Synopsis

The first edition of this clear introduction to the major aspects of the work of Schillebeeckx was hailed as an indispensable handbook of Schillebeeckx's theology. This revised edition includes a new essay on God and creation, and presents a never before published reflection of Schillebeeckx speaking about God today.

Excerpt

Religions are no longer primarily associations that endorse particular belief systems, but rather are traditions of religious experience (as I call them in several of my books). My assumption here is that any understanding of truth has a “tradition-conditioned” character, even in the matter of religious truth; hence we have “human traditions” (the term is Walter Benjamin';s) and traditions of religious experience. No one begins at point zero, and if one does, one comes back empty-handed.

RELIGIOUS BY NATURE?

The great world religions do not fall into the same genus, the genus of religion, like plants, animals, and people who, despite their differences, all are part of the genus of living beings. Of the many different kinds of religion, one can speak (with Wittgenstein) of family resemblances. If the world religions were to understand that, they would interact in a more friendly way—we would have basically a kind of “ecumene.”

Personally, I would call the religions wisdom schools. They are schools that on the one hand, preserve us or liberate us from idolatry, that is, from the tendency to honor and adore something finite (this is something I learn from the Jewish school and the Christian school that emerged from it). On the other hand, they are schools that try to purify our cravings and desire (something I learn from the many branches of Hinduism and Buddhism). Religions are not systems of truth constructs; they try to trace a way of life, albeit not without truth and insights. The first name for the Christian Jesus movement was not . . .

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