DERMOT RYAN, METHOD TO MISSION: THE ECCLESIAL VOCATION OF THE THEOLOGIAN. As Exemplified in the Works of Francis A. Sullivan SJ in the Context of Method at the Gregorian University
One cannot think about the ecclesial vocation of the theologian without also being cognisant of the importance of theological method. These, this study shows, are two co-relational concepts. Firstly, it is the method used that allows one to assess the presence of an ecclesial vocation to do theology, and secondly, it is by means of a good theological method that the theologian best fulfills this vocation in the Church today.
This work, therefore, is an acknowledgement of the importance of the relationship between method and mission in the life of the theologian.
In the pursuit of this, the author explores the ecclesial vocation of a post-conciliar theologian as it is exemplified in the writings of Francis A. Sullivan SJ. As the first monographical study of Sullivan's thought, this work situates him within the context of three post-conciliar proposals for method in theology which were offered by the Gregorian professors Bernard Lonergan, Zoltan Alszeghy/ Maurizio Flick and Jared Wicks. By means of a careful study and re-systematisation of Sullivan's writings and a reflection upon his method, the author offers a developed understanding of the ecclesial vocation of the theologian within the Church today.
DERMOT RYAN is a priest of the Diocese of Ossory, (Ireland). In 2009 he received a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology, of which this is the dissertation, at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He is currently lecturing in dogmatic theology at Carlow College, Director of Adult Faith Development in Ossory and curate in the Parish of Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny.
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