Academic journal article Church History

Church History

Academic journal article Church History

Church History

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The Vatican II document Dei Verbum (Constitution on Divine Revelation) has often been overlooked in favor of Lumen Gentium (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church), Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World), and Dignitatis Humanae (Declaration on Religious Liberty). Karim Schelkens draws attention back to Vatican II's major document on scripture by studying the two-year drafting process preceding the Council. Famously, in November 1962 bishops rejected the initial draft, De fontibus revelationis (On the Sources of Revelation). This move is often regarded as the moment when bishops finally asserted themselves against Roman officials, an action that led to a fresh start which ended in Dei Verbum .

In documenting the history of the initial draft, this book underscores tensions among distinct Catholic approaches to divine revelation. The Roman battle against "modernism," which Pope Pius X condemned in 1910, and the subsequent rise of the nouvelle theologie and historical-critical methods in biblical scholarship each shaped the rejected schema. …

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