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Divine revelation and human freedom: a biblical perspective

Sonek, K P (2012) Divine revelation and human freedom: a biblical perspective. Annual Review of the Thomistic Institute. pp. 281-294. ISSN 0860-0015

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    Abstract

    This article was borne out of a desire to answer a number of preliminary questions concerning the relationship between divine revelation and human freedom in the context of scriptural texts. What is the fundamental way in which God reveals himself in the Bible? Are we, human beings, free to accept or reject God’s revelation? Is revelation necessarily linked to worship, or are both of them independent from each other? Can we accept the divine revelation communicated in and through Scripture, and yet remain impervious to the sphere of cult and liturgical celebration? As is often the case, initial research on these issues leads to the discovery that the above questions stem from a clearly defined viewpoint: the viewpoint of modern readers seeking answers to their questions in ancient sacred texts. While such an enquiry seems common, it is based on the presupposition that the hermeneutical horizon of scriptural texts and that of modern readers can fully interact. Therefore one of the objectives of this article is to discuss the validity of that presupposition.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): biblical studies, interpretation, theology
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220305 Ethical Theory
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): B - Biblical Studies, general
    D - Ethics / Moral Theology
    Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
    Depositing User: Dr K P Sonek
    Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2014 11:34
    Last Modified: 02 Oct 2014 11:34
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1604

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