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

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 406
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1506408982
ISBN-13: 9781506408989
Series: Renewal: Conversations in Catholic Theology

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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.

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

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.

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