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Seventeen Theses on Divine Revelation

O'Collins, Gerald (2015) Seventeen Theses on Divine Revelation. Asian Horizons, 9 (3). pp. 555-572. ISSN 0973-9068

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In the light of teaching from Vatican II (1869-70), developed by Vatican II (1962-65) and St John Paul II, and the best modern theology, this article sets itself to craft seventeen theses about the nature and purpose of the divine revelation given in Christ and through his Spirit. Primarily, revelation means the personal self-revelation of the tripersonal God, and, secondarily, the revealed truths that issue from such encounters. Always a free gift of divine love, revelation brings salvation and has a sacramental character, as communicated through words and deeds. Revelation happens only when it achieves its goal and is received by faith. We need to recognize past or foundational revelation (that ended with the apostolic age), dependent revelation (that happens now), and final revelation (that will come at the end of history). An adequate theology of revelation should distinguish it from and clarify its relationship with tradition and the inspired Scriptures. The divine revelation, which prompts human faith, is available universally, and always depends on the risen Christ and his Holy Spirit.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Experience, Faith, Mystery, Revelation, Salvation, communication, Self-revelation
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: B - Biblical Studies, general
C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 03:16
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 03:27
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2145

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