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Theologically Reflective Practice: A Key Tool For Contemporary Ministry, Neil Sims Jan 2011

Theologically Reflective Practice: A Key Tool For Contemporary Ministry, Neil Sims

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

No abstract provided.


By Way Of Moral Beauty, Tom Ryan Jan 2011

By Way Of Moral Beauty, Tom Ryan

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

No abstract provided.


Maurice Halbwachs' ''Collective Memory'' And Contemporary Approaches To Theology, Joseph Lam Cong Quy Jan 2011

Maurice Halbwachs' ''Collective Memory'' And Contemporary Approaches To Theology, Joseph Lam Cong Quy

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

This article discusses Lieven Boeve's theology of particularity which is based upon the concept of interruption. Boeve considers the category of interruption as an alternative theological method which can enhance the openness of the Christian tradition, without dismissing its particularity. The theological foundations of interruption rest upon the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus Christ. While the latter warrants the openness, the former is seen as the embodiment of Christian particularity. This article argues that the focus on incarnation and resurrection is logical and indeed unavoidable. However, it falls short in recognizing the "perichoresis" of Revelation, Faith and Tradition. This ...


Teaching Practical Theology: Implications For Theological Education With Reference To Lonergan's Theoretical Framework, John Francis Collins, Sandra Carroll Jan 2011

Teaching Practical Theology: Implications For Theological Education With Reference To Lonergan's Theoretical Framework, John Francis Collins, Sandra Carroll

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

This paper argues that the effective teaching of theology is enhanced when the theological educator is aware of the educational implications of the task. The implementation of appropriate teaching-­learning strategies can facilitate student engagement and shift student horizons. Drawing on the work of Bernard Lonergan this paper explores the notion of teaching to promote a shift in students’ intellectual, moral and religious horizons. Lonergan’s thought and the student centred strategies of feminist theologian Rebecca Chopp are suggested as helpful approaches for teaching practical theology.


"To Live Is To Change; To Be Perfect Is To Have Changed Often" :Challenges, Imperatives And Opportunities For Theology In The 21st Century, Anne Hunt Jan 2011

"To Live Is To Change; To Be Perfect Is To Have Changed Often" :Challenges, Imperatives And Opportunities For Theology In The 21st Century, Anne Hunt

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

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Conversion, The Self, And The Victim: East Timor And Girard's Mimetic Theory In Dialogue, Joel Hodge Jan 2011

Conversion, The Self, And The Victim: East Timor And Girard's Mimetic Theory In Dialogue, Joel Hodge

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

This essay explores how repentance and conversion are connected to a changing sense of self through the relation to what René Girard identifies as the innocence and forgiveness of the victim. It shows how the operations of conscience through Christian faith have anthropological elements that help us to understand repentance, and more broadly, offer paths for approaching the study of complex human phenomenon. This exploration will be undertaken with reference to the story of an East Timorese man, Alexandro, who was an Indonesian soldier during the Indonesian occupation of East Timor (a half­island nation located in south­east Asia ...


Catholic Practical Theology: Reflections On An Emerging Field, Terry A. Veling Jan 2011

Catholic Practical Theology: Reflections On An Emerging Field, Terry A. Veling

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

This essay is a reflection on the place of Catholic practical theology within the field of theological disciplines. It suggests that practical theology is a discipline in the sense that it is a practice or a way of life—a discipleship. To venture a theological life is to live theologically. It is not so much to ask about the ways that theology can be made practical; rather, it is to ask how the practices of my life can be made theological.


Rolling In Dough: Yeast And Bread In The Gospel Of Luke, Elizabeth Dowling Jan 2011

Rolling In Dough: Yeast And Bread In The Gospel Of Luke, Elizabeth Dowling

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

The Parable of the Yeast in the Gospel of Luke challenges its hearers’ perspectives on the reign of God, inviting them to perceive the transformation produced by the yeast as vital to God’s ways. This story of bread-making also provides insight into several Lukan pericopes which feature bread, including those where Jesus breaks bread and gives it to others to eat. This study explores how the challenges of the parable inform our reading of these bread stories and highlights the link between Jesus’ table fellowship and justice. It also considers the implications of the Lukan use of bread-making and ...


Conscience As Primordial Moral Awareness In Gaudium Et Spes And Veritatis Splendor, Tom Ryan Jan 2011

Conscience As Primordial Moral Awareness In Gaudium Et Spes And Veritatis Splendor, Tom Ryan

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

Theological discussion on conscience in the light of recent Church documents has tended to focus predominantly on its relationship to the truth and specifically as moral judgment in a particular situation. However, conscience has a more foundational sense. I argue that, in Gaudium et Spes and Veritatis Splendor, conscience understood as primordial moral awareness is presented in the setting of four epistemological processes which mediate the intuitive and affective appreciation of value, namely through a) participation in a divine-human dialogical relationship of love, b) participation as recognition of the true self, c) participation as collaboration in divine providence and wisdom ...


A Matter Of Justice And Necessity: Women's Participation In The Catholic Church, Mary Coloe Jan 2011

A Matter Of Justice And Necessity: Women's Participation In The Catholic Church, Mary Coloe

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

This article expands on a statement made by John Paul II on the necessity for ‘real equality’ for women. It begins by elaborating on two aspects of this statement that with regard to women, ‘history has conditioned us,’ and ‘the Gospel contains an ever relevant message.’ The article examines some sayings about women in the tradition, and argues that the tradition has been shaped by Aristotelian philosophy rather than the Scriptures. Finally it notes some contemporary thinking with regard to opening the diaconate to women


A Theologian Among Scientists: Wisdom As Interdisciplinary Space For Science And Theology, Peter Stork Jan 2011

A Theologian Among Scientists: Wisdom As Interdisciplinary Space For Science And Theology, Peter Stork

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

This paper is an edited and expanded version of a public lecture given at the Emeritus Faculty of the Australian National University (ANU) on 16 March 2011. Based on the work of German theologian Jürgen Moltmann, the author explores the notion of wisdom as a possible point of contact between science and theology. After laying out some specific challenges common to both disciplines, the paper intimates that the interwoven complexity of existence points to oneness in the underlying fabric of reality. Provided science and theology enter the interdisciplinary space Moltmann calls “wisdom”, the intellectual resources of the two disciplines can ...


Abhishiktananda Centenary Symposium: A Report, John R. Dupuche Jan 2011

Abhishiktananda Centenary Symposium: A Report, John R. Dupuche

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

No abstract provided.


God, Prosperity And Poverty, Clive Beed, Cara Beed Jan 2011

God, Prosperity And Poverty, Clive Beed, Cara Beed

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

An influential strain in recent Christian thought (Schneider 2002a) has stressed that material prosperity is a quality for human life sought by God for all people. Clearly, this objective has not been achieved. One of the reasons why the all-enveloping prosperity objective has not been reached is that its pursuit has been undertaken by down-playing God’s equally-important objective of mitigating material poverty. Incompatible with God’s aims, poverty persists. Via Biblical exegetes’ interpretation of Jesus’ sayings, this paper shows that Jesus usually speaks of the necessity to share possessions with the poor when He teaches on wealth. If assistance ...


Models Of The Asian Church, Peter N. V. Hai Jan 2011

Models Of The Asian Church, Peter N. V. Hai

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

This paper examines the matrix of ecclesiological models proposed by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) as a new way of being church in Asia. It also investigates the theological foundations and notable features of the FABC’s ecclesiology, and provides a tentative evaluation of its strengths and limitations.


The Pacifist Jesus And The Violent Jesus In The Gospel Of Matthew, David C. Sim Jan 2011

The Pacifist Jesus And The Violent Jesus In The Gospel Of Matthew, David C. Sim

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

The Gospel of Matthew presents two starkly different depictions of Jesus. The earthly Jesus of the past is a pacifist who teaches non-violence, compassion, non-retaliation, forgiveness and love of enemies, and he lives his life according to these ideals. The other Jesus is the eschatological figure of judgement who is the antithesis of the earthly Jesus. This Jesus is violent, merciless and vengeful in his treatment of the wicked. The evangelist constructed and promoted this terrible figure of judgement to assist his readers to cope with certain situations of crisis, but in doing so he paid a steep christological price ...


Towards An Australian Chinese Catholic Spirituality, Margaret Tam Jan 2011

Towards An Australian Chinese Catholic Spirituality, Margaret Tam

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

Australia is a multi­cultural, multi­faith society and the Australian Catholic Church is a multi­ethnic organisation. The Chinese Catholic communities in Sydney began over five decades ago during the era of the White Australia Policy. They have grown in size and complexity with the rise in Chinese migration and the changing demography of the Australian Church. Asian Christianities now form a vibrant sector of global Christianity. Within China and in the Chinese Diaspora, Christianity is the fastest growing religion. Is there a spirituality of Australian Chinese Catholicism? We can catch a glimpse of it by seeing how the ...


Why Do Humans Commit Violence? : Violence, War And Rioting In The Modern World And Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory, Joel Hodge Jan 2011

Why Do Humans Commit Violence? : Violence, War And Rioting In The Modern World And Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory, Joel Hodge

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

No abstract provided.


Aeneas Of Gaza On The Soul, Michael Champion Jan 2011

Aeneas Of Gaza On The Soul, Michael Champion

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Publications

Aeneas of Gaza’s late fifth-century dialogue the Theophrastus investigates philosophical theories about the pre-existence and immortality of the soul in the course of making a Christian case against the Neoplatonic doctrine of the eternity of the world. I explore Aeneas’ knowledge of theories about the soul in the Greek philosophical tradition and his rebuttals of them. Aeneas’ arguments are indebted to earlier philosophers and touch on Origenist ideas most likely arising in local monasteries. His arguments about the pre-existence of the soul thus illumine creative interactions between Christians and philosophers, monks and school-men in late antique Gaza.