By Edward Schillebeeckx
Schillebeeckx completes the trilogy of Jesus (1979) and Christ (1980) with an ecclesiology set within the context of primary theology. In hugely readable type he argues that God's relation to people is usually mediated via human event and heritage. Reflecting a Thomistic technique all through, Schillebeeckx emphasizes that during production God offers an integrity in their personal to people and to the realm. hence God's saving job in heritage . . . doesn't violate yet really seeks the success of humanity and the cosmos. Christian id is determined by participation during this liberation meant through God. The church because the precious institutionalization of the Christian circulate has to be democratized with a view to be in step with its divine challenge. this is often an immense assertion of Schillebeeckx's vital convictions concerning the Christian religion and the position of the church on the planet.
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Yet in this situation, the divine Word is victor. Verbum Domini manet in aeternum: even the reality of creaturely alienation from the Word stands beneath this promise. God’s revelatory self-gift is not hindered by the initial absence of reception, because it is an effective Word. If there is a false hermeneutical optimism which fails to admit the intellect’s defection, there is a no less false hermeneutical pessimism which fails to admit the continuing missions of Word and Spirit in overcoming that defection: ‘the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see’ (Isa.
No language of divine action is required for determining what the texts are, for they are essentially ‘historical’ entities. They are to be conceived as the products of human religious agency, occupying and doing their work in an immanently conceived communicative field. As such, investigation of their natural properties and the natural properties of the agents of their production, dissemination and interpretation, is sufficient. To such investigations, evaluations of their religious significance may be contingently attached, but must remain subsidiary to the definition of what the biblical texts are.
II Jesus Christ lives. Whatever further claims may be made about the resurrection of Jesus, and whatever consequences it may be necessary to draw from the primitive Christian confession that ‘God raised him from the dead’ (Rom. 9), they can only be a repetition, expansion or confirmation of the primary reality, namely that Jesus Christ is ‘the living one’ (Rev. 18). As the living one, Jesus is alive with divine life. His resurrection is thus not simply the prolongation of creaturely existence, but the demonstration of the fact that in him there is life, that he has life in and from himself, in semetipso and so a se.
Church: The Human Story of God by Edward Schillebeeckx