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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: 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
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
D - Ethics / Moral Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr K P Sonek
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2014 01:34
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2014 01:34
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1604

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