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Unfolding in Friendship: Revelation and the Analogy of Friendship in Dei verbum

Lenehan, Kevin A. (2016) Unfolding in Friendship: Revelation and the Analogy of Friendship in Dei verbum. Pacifica, 29 (2). pp. 175-191. ISSN 1030-570X


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This article outlines the use of the analogy of friendship in the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei verbum n. 2, to describe the nature of divine revelation. Motivated by love, God initiates and sustains a relationship with humanity, in which the gift of knowledge of God and of God’s will for creation is continually communicated. This relationship, in which God ‘speaks with humans as with friends and dwells among them’, is fully and personally realized in Jesus Christ. First, I situate n. 2 within the renewed theology of revelation called for in the conciliar debates on the revelation constitution. Then I investigate the theological aptness of the analogy of friendship in describing divine revelation, first in terms of the personalist and dialogical thinking that characterized the ‘majority’ voice in the promulgation and reception of Dei verbum, and second in the Thomistic themes of caritas, friendship and revelation that can be heard in a ‘minority’ voice at the Council. I argue that the use of the analogy of friendship is an example a theological ‘ressourcement for the sake of aggiornamento’ that draws biblical, monastic, scholastic and contemporary perspectives into an enriching theological dialogue.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Unfolding, Friendship, Revelation, Dei verbum
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: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 03:44
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:16
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2887

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