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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: Australasian Theological Studies, 29 (2). pp. 175-191. ISSN 1030-570X

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Abstract

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: Dei verbum, dialogical personalism, friendship, Second Vatican Council, theology of 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: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Religious Education
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Rev Dr Kevin A. Lenehan
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2019 23:16
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 23:16
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3813

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