DONAL CORRY, MINISTERIUM RATIONIS REDDENDAE. An Approximation to Hilary of Poitiers' Understanding of Theology
The present dissertation on Hilary of Poitiers' understanding of theology explores a neglected part of research in our knowledge of the Fathers' theology. In this area some of the Fathers have received more attention - perhaps because they have given more explicit consideration to their own activity as theologians - others, among them Hilary of Poitiers, would seem to have been passed by as if they had very little or nothing special to offer. This neglect seems all the more regrettable if one considers Hilary's privileged position as a theologian between East and West which gave a wide range to his intellectual outlook and sharpened his ideas on theology.
The study discusses Hilary's views on theology as they appear in his different writings and brings together his insights under the headings of "Cognitio Dei", "Fidei Intellegentia" and "Dicti Ratio". The first part deals with Hilary's ideas on natural knowledge of God and the possibilities of our human understanding and language in relation to transcendent divine realities. The central part of the dissertation looks at the knowledge given in faith and how according to Hilary the human mind may appropriate and reflect on the same. Finally Hilary's views on Scriptural and theological language are considered. Much of the dissertation is given over to the analysis and discussion of Hilary's explanations of some fundamental concepts such as "Sermo de Deo", "Fidei Rationabilis Scientia" and "Ministerium Rationis Reddendae" among others.
DONAL CORRY, L.C., a priest of the Legionaries of Christ, was born in Ireland, holds a Licentiate in Philosophy and Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and a Doctorate in Theology from the same University with the present dissertation. He currently teaches Dogmatic Theology and Fundamental Theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum.
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