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Today: A Study in the Theological Method of Roger Haight

Gleeson, Phillip D. (2013) Today: A Study in the Theological Method of Roger Haight. Doctor of Theology thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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    Roger Haight employs a theological method which attempts to translate the Christian message into a language that is intelligible for present-day human experience and ensures the ongoing relevance of the tradition. This thesis evaluates the validity of that method, and assesses the overall contribution of Haight’s scholarship. His distinctive understanding of “today” is presented as the hermeneutical key to his approach. In the context of his constructive christology key characteristics and critical issues are identified and critiqued. It is argued that it is not these characteristics in themselves, or the conclusions Haight makes, which call into question the validity of his theological method. Rather, it is the uncompromising application of the criterion of intelligibility for “today” which straitjackets the exercise of his theological method, leading to the primacy of “today” over the tradition. This renders his contribution problematic, yet Haight’s scholarship is deemed to be of particular value and significance. The questions he addresses have not gone away and should remain at the centre of contemporary christological debate.

    Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Theology)
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): intelligibility, theological method, religious symbol, postmodernity, reinterpretation, “from below”, today, historical consciousness, pluralism, Christology, critical correlation, historical Jesus
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
    Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Systematic Theology
    Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
    Depositing User: Cate Headey
    Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2013 10:19
    Last Modified: 12 Aug 2013 10:19
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1211

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