Academic journal article Theological Studies

Engaging Theologians

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Engaging Theologians

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Engaging Theologians. By Aidan Nichols, O.P. Marquette Studies in Theology 80. Milwaukee: Marquette University, 2013. Pp. 208. $22.

This curious collection of essays looks at theologians Nichols has himself engaged, and whom he recommends the reader to engage. The range is limited to 20th-century theologians and includes both essays on single figures and, more unusually, figures paired. Thus we have Jean Danielou, Victor White, Carl Jung, Eric Lionel Mascall, Avery Dulles, and Olivier Clement, with Hans Urs von Balthasar paired with Martin Heidegger, and Henri de Lubac paired with Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange. The selection may be personal, but the essays are only lightly leavened with N.'s autobiography.

These are not introductions to contemporary theologians for beginners: being conversant in theology is expected. The prose is occasionally dense, as is likely inevitable in the crossing of Balthasar and Heidegger, but other essays read more easily. The fact that the text begins with that particular pairing could put off the more casual reader, as it can misforecast the subsequent difficulty of the volume. Each essay, however, stands alone, with no requirement to read them in a particular order; in that respect the volume is a true miscellany. …

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