'I don't write for eternity, but for the men and women of today who are in a particular historical situation. I try to respond to their questions. So my theology has a date; it is contextual, but at the same...
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'I don't write for eternity, but for the men and women of today who are in a particular historical situation. I try to respond to their questions. So my theology has a date; it is contextual, but at the same time I want to go beyond the situation as such. That is the universal aim of my works because I try to take into account the questions of all men and women.' Edward Schillebeeckx. How did a young man from a traditional Belgian Catholic family, whose conventional training in philosophy and theology took place just before and during the Second World War, become one of the leading progressives at the Second Vatican Council and a theologian with an international reputation?
This is the first full biography of one of the greatest Roman Catholic theologians of the last century. Schillebeeckx is alive and still writing important work. He is a Dutch Dominican and theological genius, whose influence on the Second Vatican Council was extraordinarily profound. He was regarded as the theological voice of progressive Catholicism. But in 1968 the Vatican Authorities started an investigation into his orthodoxy and a great many Catholics also felt that this was an attack on them. This is above all an intellectual biography - a work in which changes which are perceptible in his published work have been connected with the contemporary changes in the social, cultural, theological and ecclesiastical landscape. So this is a study of Schillebeeckx that puts him in his history - it is a new perspective of his ultimate significance for the church and for the development of theology. The aim of Erik Borgman in this book is to increase the knowledge of Schillebeeckx's theology by fully explaining its context.
Borgman is a Dutch layman and a member of the Dominican Third Order.
- Youth And Training; Towards A Theology Of Culture; The Louvain Theological Synthesis; A Dutch Council Theologian; Theology As An Historical Enterprise; Biography As Theological Biography.