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The Dialogue of Salvation in Changing Contexts: The Challenges of Gravissimum Educationis

Lenehan, Kevin A. (2018) The Dialogue of Salvation in Changing Contexts: The Challenges of Gravissimum Educationis. In: The Letter and the Spirit: On the Forgotten Documents of Vatican II. BIBLIOTHECA EPHEMERIDUM THEOLOGICARUM LOVANIENSIUM (297). Peeters, Leuven, pp. 137-152. ISBN ISBN 978-90-429- 3649-2

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Abstract

This paper investigates the interrelationship of theological and pastoral themes between the
Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei verbum, and the Declaration on Christian
Education, Gravissimum educationis, published in 1965 at the end of the Second Vatican Council.
Central to the renewed understanding of revelation expressed in Dei verbum is the analogate of
friendship, and the ongoing conversation that forges friendship (n.2). Thus the character of human
knowledge of God and God's purposes that flows from this understanding of revelation is perceived
as the type of knowing that unfolds in the context of the historically enacted friendship God
initiates with humanity. This biblical approach to God's self-revelatory interaction with humanity
highlights the dialogal structure of the 'divine pedagogy' of salvation history. To what extent does
this dialogical and relational model of revelation inform the pedagogical vision of Gravissimum
educationis? Can this understanding of the divine pedagogy provide a realistic framework for
Catholic educational institutions, in particular those operating in secularising and detraditionalising societies? The declaration Gravissimum educationis poses questions in return to Dei verbum's motif of the organic unfolding of revelation within the ecclesial practices of the tradition, challenging Christian educators to extend the sphere of revelatory dialogue towards those in poverty, family breakdown, and unbelief.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Dei verbum, divine revelation, religious education, religious dialogue
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
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 23:17
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 23:17
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3814

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