BRENDAN J. CAHILL, THE RENEWAL OF REVELATION THEOLOGY (1960-1962). The Development and Responses to the Fourth Chapter of the Preparatory Schema De deposito Fidei
The Dogmatic Constitution Dei Verbum of the Second Vatican Council opened with a citation of 1 Jn 1,2-3, proclaiming to the world the word of salvation, the personal and historical revelation of God in Christ. This proclamation highlighted the Christocentric focus of the teaching on revelation which followed. This thesis studies the background to the pastoral renewal of revelation theology represented in the first chapter of the Constitution Dei Verbum. The background to this renewal can be found in the development of, and responses to, the fourth chapter of the preparatory schema De deposito Fidei, which dealt specifically with the question of revelation and faith.
The debate surrounding this chapter in the two years preceding the Council witnessed an encounter between the manualist tradition and contemporary theological insights into the theology of revelation. As this study shows, it was out of this early encounter that the Council’s hopes for a pastoral renewal of revelation theology developed. Reviewing the responses to this chapter by selected bishops and theologians, this study determines the immediate historical background for the Council’s teaching in the Christocentric renewal of theology, with its strong proclamation of the personal and historical character of revelation.
BRENDAN J. CAHILL was born in 1963 and he is a priest of the diocese of Galveston-Houston, in Texas. He attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston and was ordained in 1990. He has studied at the IBCS – Xavier University in New Orleans, where he received a Masters in Theology in 1994. He has also studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he received a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology in 1996, and a Doctorate in Fundamental Theology in 1999. Currently, he serves on the Formation Faculty and teaches at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston.
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