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The Word in the World: Then and Now

Moloney, Francis J. (2010) The Word in the World: Then and Now. Pacifica, 23 (3). pp. 337-354. ISSN 1030-570X

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The celebration of the Centenary of the Melbourne College of Divinity generated an occasion for reflection on one of the reasons for the existence of Christianity: the restless and never-ending proclamation of, and response to, the Word in the world. In the “then” of the not-too-distant past the major Christian traditions of Catholicism and Protestantism faced this challenge with a renewed enthusiasm. The Catholic Tradition entered a new era with the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), and the Protestant Tradition was urged to rediscover Luther's overwhelming concern for the Word in the World, especially in and through the lives and work of Karl Barth and Rudolf Bultmann. Where are we “now”? This study suggests that both of these movements from the Twentieth Century have “run out of steam”. Reflection upon our new context, if the first decades of the Third Christian Millennium, requires new strategies and ever-deeper convictions to render the Word relevant in the contemporary world

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: 'Word in the World', Catholicism, Protestantism, Second Vatican Council, Karl Barth, Rudolf Bultmann
Fields of Research: 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
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 23:29
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2014 03:15
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/742

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