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Renewal

Conversations in Catholic Theology

Renewal: Conversations in Catholic Theology is a series of books and collected essay volumes oriented around reshaping and rethinking interpretation of the historical roots, theological impetus, and the subsequent reception of the Second Vatican Council. The intention of the series, beyond an elucidation of the Council and its origins, is a collective furthering of the work of the Council as an act of renewal in the discipline of theology through a retrieval of the vital insights and resources offered by the Council for the work of theology today.

While the thematic shape of the series is explicitly Catholic, the aim of the series as a whole is to be ecumenical, performing investigations and interpretations that should stimulate conversation and bear fruit across theological and ecclesial traditions. The series will be a significant resource for students, professors, and scholars engaged in historical and theological study and will be of vital use in course and seminar settings.

Series editors

Lewis Ayres is professor of Catholic and historical theology at Durham University in the United Kingdom. He specializes in the study of early Christian theology. He is also deeply interested in the relationship between the shape of early Christian modes of discourse and reflection and the manner in which renewals of Catholic theology during the last hundred years have attempted to engage forms of modern historical consciousness and sought to negotiate the shape of appropriate scriptural interpretation in modernity, even as they remain faithful to the practices of classical Catholic discourse and contemplation.

Medi Ann Volpe is lecturer in systematic theology and ethics at Durham University in the United Kingdom. Her research focuses on identity and formation for Christian practice, and she is interested in the role of church and spirituality in faith formation. She is currently completing a book that examines accounts of Christian identity in the work of Rowan Williams, Kathryn Tanner, and John Milbank, and brings them into conversation with Gregory of Nyssa.

Now available in the series!

Liturgy as Revelation
Liturgy as Revelation: Re-Sourcing a Theme in Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology

By Philip Caldwell
Paperback
240pp
ISBN: 9781451480382
$39

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Contents
Series Introduction
Introduction
Chapter 1

This volume argues that in the twentieth century, Catholic theology increasingly recognized the centrality of Christology—particularly the person of Christ—as the locus of revelation and drew out the crucial implications for that which occurs within the space of liturgy and the sacraments.

Examining the specific contributions of René Latourelle, Avery Dulles, Salvatore Marsilli, and Gustave Martelet against a background of preconciliar ressourcement theology, this volume provides a comprehensive account of why a Trinitarian and Christological construal of liturgy and sacraments as revelation is key to the vision that informed Vatican II and offers constructive theological and ecclesial possibilities for the future.




On the Road to Vatican II
On the Road to Vatican II: German Catholic Enlightenment and Reform of the Church

By Ulrich L. Lehner
Paperback
406pp
ISBN: 9781506408989
$49

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In the present day, there is widespread confusion regarding the theological achievements of the Catholic Enlightenment. This book outlines such contributions in the fields of biblical exegesis, church reform, liturgical renewal, and the move toward a more tolerant view of other churches and religions. Since some of the most important Catholic Enlighteners lived in Germany, this book concentrates on their endeavors, but also frequently points to other European players. Only an unpolemical historical assessment of the Catholic Enlightenment can help us to get out of the current gridlock of interpreting Vatican II: was there a break with tradition, or was there continuity?

By reviewing the historical debates that preceded Vatican II, the unknown, marginalized, or deliberately forgotten roots of the conciliar debates come to light that can help us fine-tune future hermeneutical endeavors. This history is hitherto unknown to most researchers. It is possibly the most neglected field of modern literary history. 

Author

Phillip Caldwell

Philip Caldwell is a priest of the Diocese of Salford and professor of theology at Oscott College in Birmingham, England.

Ulrich L. Lehner

Ulrich L. Lehner is professor of religious history and historical theology at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Endorsements

Underscores the special link that unites the new evangelization to the liturgy. . .

"Fr. Caldwell’s thorough study of the theological categories of liturgy and revelation underscores the special link that unites the new evangelization to the liturgy. Liturgy as Revelation encourages the new evangelization to make the liturgy its living reality, in order that the proclamation that it undertakes may attain its fullest meaning."

—Archbishop Rino Fisichella | President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization

Admirably fills a gap in the needed intersection between fundamental and liturgical theology. . .

"This work admirably fills a gap in the needed intersection between fundamental and liturgical theology. Offering a profound understanding of four important twentieth-century Catholic theologians (as well as Catholic theology in general since the late nineteenth century), Caldwell makes a fine case that the fundamental truths of revelation, faith, and worship are one."

 

—John F. Baldovin, SJ | Boston College

Fresh insights into the theological method of some of the most significant thinkers and writers to influence the development of the theology and ecclesiology of Vatican II. . .

"Fr. Philip Caldwell’s new study Liturgy as Revelation comes as a timely contribution to the Church’s continuing celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. It offers fresh insights into the theological method of some of the most significant thinkers and writers to influence the development of the theology and ecclesiology of Vatican II, and it encourages us to a deeper appreciation of the gift of the liturgy in the life and mission of the Church. Informed by Fr. Caldwell’s work as a teacher and formator, this book should also prove a useful tool in the context of ecumenical dialogue and reflection."

 

—The Most Rev. Bernard Longley | Archbishop of Birmingham

This remarkably lucid study provides the sitz im leben for the dialogue between fundamental theology and liturgy. . .

"This remarkably lucid study provides the sitz im leben for the dialogue between fundamental theology and liturgy that was the bridge from neo-scholasticism to the second Vatican Council. Caldwell tours the landscape by making a thorough examination of four influential theologians who merit our attention. They were ineluctably pressed to engage liturgy because they found that liturgy has a role in the transmission of revelation. Have we learned that lesson yet? Caldwell’s book shows the potential for theology if we do."

 

—David W. Fagerberg | University of Notre Dame

We need a book that faces the question in these terms and at this depth. . .

"Philip Caldwell gathers together for treatment in one place a huge and essential topic: the interface between a theology of revelation and the celebration of the liturgy. This interface is rooted in creation, becomes particular in Israel’s relationship with God, culminates in Jesus Christ, and continues in the Church’s liturgy. Giving first a historical perspective on why this question needs fresh answers, Caldwell then explores in detail four theologians who contribute to the synthetic vision he proposes. We need a book that faces the question in these terms and at this depth. Comprehensive consideration. Learned. Horizons wide open."

—Jeremy Driscoll, OSB | Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary, Pontifical Athenaeum San Anselmo, Rome

Books

On the Road to Vatican II
Release date: July 1, 2016

Since some of the most important Catholic Enlighteners lived in Germany, this book concentrates on their endeavors, but also frequently points to other European players. Only an unpolemical historical assessment of the Catholic Enlightenment can help us to get out of the current gridlock of interpreting Vatican II: was there a break with tradition, or was there continuity? 

Philip Caldwell (Author), Lewis Ayres (Editor), MediAnn Volpe (Editor)
Release date: December 1, 2014

This volume provides a comprehensive account of why a Trinitarian and Christological construal of liturgy and sacraments as revelation is key to the vision that informed Vatican II and offers constructive theological and ecclesial possibilities for the future.