A Theology of History

A Theology of History

A Theology of History

A Theology of History

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The trouble with the first edition of this little sketch was that the title promised more than the book was meant to contain. It should really have been called the nucleus of a theology of history. It was only intended to be about the relation of Christ, as belonging christologically within time, to time in general, the time of human history, with the Church's time mediating between them as the universalization, accomplished by the Holy Spirit, of Christ's temporal and at the same time archetypal existence. Handling it this way involved looking at the subject exclusively from above, not explicitly stating but rather taking for granted created things as the content which is given its form by the christological categories. This made it impossible to give an adequate treatment of the total view of a theology of history promised in the title, embracing both the orders of Creation and Redemption.

Without straining the framework of a brief outline, the second edition--by means of an introduction and a more detailed final chapter, as well as by various deepenings of the main body of the text--has attempted to establish a balance, so that the intersection of the two spheres and . . .

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