Academic journal article Theological Studies

Embodied Words, Spoken Signs: Sacramentality and the Word in Rahner and Chauvet

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Embodied Words, Spoken Signs: Sacramentality and the Word in Rahner and Chauvet

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Embodied Words, Spoken Signs: Sacramentality and the Word in Rahner and Chauvet. By Rhodora E. Beaton. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014. Pp. vii + 213. $49.

The greatest merit of Beaton's fine study is that it puts the topic of the sacramentality of the Word on the theological agenda again, and does so with both intelligence and vigor. Clearly, B.'s theological horizon is Roman Catholic theology in the post-Vatican II era, shaped by a dynamic understanding of divine revelation. God made himself known neither in a series of ideas nor in a set of rules of conduct, but primordially as a powerful and liberating operation of grace and salvation mediated through a network of rites and symbols in the world and in history as human beings know and experience them. B. connects that fundamental understanding of revelation with a profound theology of the word of God, of which the most specific characteristic might arguably be its sacramentality, that is, its theandric potential to engraft humanity onto divinity.

It comes as no surprise, however, that the concept of sacramentality itself needs to be broadened and deepened, so that it is not limited to seven specific rituals that were officially sanctioned at one point in history (and to some devout practices depending upon them). …

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