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The theology of religions revisited

O'Collins, Gerald (2015) The theology of religions revisited. Pacifica, 28 (1). pp. 54-67. ISSN 1030-570X

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This article begins by responding to the challenges and criticisms coming from those who reviewed The Second Vatican Council on Other Religions. It insists on the need to examine other living faiths as ways not only of salvation but also of (divine) revelation (which elicits human faith). A positive view of other religions (1) does not undermine missionary proclamation, and (2) should be strengthened by invoking the intercessory priesthood of Christ (the ‘sacerdotal principle’) and the force of love that empowers prayer for others. To conclude, the article pleads for an integral interpretation of Vatican II texts that examines not only the authorial intentions but also the reception of the texts and the insights coming from readers (including popes, bishops and theologians).

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: faith, love, meaning, priesthood, revelation, salvation, Vatican II
Fields of Research: 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: C - Church History
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 01:28
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 01:37
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2141

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