ORMOND RUSH, THE RECEPTION OF DOCTRINE. An Appropriation of Hans Robert Jauss' Reception Aesthetics and Literary Hermeneutics
The category of "reception"
has undergone a retrieval in theology since Vatican II. The work of Hans
Robert Jauss has been little used in that retrieval. This dissertation
proposes Jauss' reception aesthetics and literary hermeneutics as helpful
for understanding certain issues related to the nature of doctrine and
Jauss' theory focuses on the creative role of the reader in the interpretation of a literary work and highlights the importance of readerly reception in the history of literary tradition. With a focus on the creative sensus fidei of the receiver of doctrine for understanding, interpreting and applying doctrine from within daily life, the reception of doctrine (along with revelation, Scripture and tradition) is presented as analogous to the reception of a work of art. The many loci receptionis in the church are noted, in order to demonstrate the rich plurality of «receivers» who can aid the magisterium in the rejuvenating reception of doctrine through a consensus fidelium. A theological hermeneutics is proposed which appropriates certain principles from Jauss' literary hermeneutics, while also highlighting the distinctiveness of doctrinal texts.
ORMOND RUSH, born in Townsville, Australia
in 1950, was ordained a priest in 1975. After 13 years in parish ministry,
he gained a licentiate and doctorate in fundamental theology from the Gregorian
University, Rome, with a year of post-graduate studies in Boston. He is
currently lecturing in the Brisbane College of Theology in Australia and
is a member of the academic staff at Banyo Seminary, Brisbane.
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