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Preaching the Gospel Anew: A Reappropriation of Negative (Apophatic) and Positive (Cataphatic) Theology in Redemptorist Mission and Identity in the Age of Globalization.

Echano, Joseph (2013) Preaching the Gospel Anew: A Reappropriation of Negative (Apophatic) and Positive (Cataphatic) Theology in Redemptorist Mission and Identity in the Age of Globalization. Master of Arts (major thesis) thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    In order for Redemptorists to be faithful to their charism as established by St. Alphonsus and to realise this charism today, they need to preach the gospel anew. To preach the gospel anew is to preach the gospel in the spirit of the times. The spirit of the times which best describe the contemporary situation is globalization.
    This thesis sought to explore the most significant feature and impact of globalization not just on the structures of society—economics, politics and culture—but more on the everyday life of the people. This thesis then sought the most appropriate heuristic for preaching the gospel anew in globalization.
    The most celebrated leitmotif about globalization is the greater interconnectedness among nations, cultures and religions in the world and the massive expansion of knowledge and information. The interconnection of globalization has resulted not in sameness but in the radicalization of differentiality. The expansion of knowledge and information, on the other hand, has brought to the fore the limitation of reason, science and language. To preach the gospel anew in globalization is to preach the gospel amidst radical differentiality and unknowing.
    The heuristic for preaching the gospel anew that is conducive to this ethos of globalization is the ancient tradition of negative theology. Negative theology was prominent from the ancient to the Middle Ages, but was largely forgotten in modern times. It has made a comeback in contemporary theology.
    Negative theology emphasizes a negative way of talking about God, that is, what God is not. However, it is always complemented by positive theology, which emphasizes a positive affirmation of God, that is, what God is. Negative theology in preaching in globalization follows the path of mysticism while positive theology in preaching in globalization follows the path of prophecy.
    The heuristic of negative theology in preaching the gospel anew can help facilitate the Redemptorists’ task of reimagining their life and preaching mission in the age of globalization.

    Item Type: Theses (Master of Arts (major thesis))
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): preaching, globalisation, apophatic theology, Redemptorist, negative theology, cataphatic theology
    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: Strategic Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): D - Missiology
    Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
    Depositing User: Cate Headey
    Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2013 13:55
    Last Modified: 24 Sep 2013 13:55
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1251

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