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Issue 23.5: Tradition and Traditions

Monday, May 5, 2014

At the beginning of his essay “Contract and Birthright,” the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin revisits the story in Genesis where Esau sells his birthright to his brother Jacob for a bowl of stew. As Wolin sees it, Esau “bartered what was unique and irreplaceable for a material good for which there was a number of […]

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Conciliar Reception in the Early Church as Traditio and its Contemporary Implications

Monday, July 21, 2014

The historical investigations of H.-J. Sieben show that when early Christian authors such as Athanasius insist that church councils be “received,” they do not mean to introduce a democratic style of Church governance but to insist that Christ’s authority, transmitted through tradition, be acknowledged by hierarchy and laity alike.

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Spirit, Tradition, and the Pneumatology of Liberation

Monday, July 14, 2014

I argue that both Tradition and liberation from social sin are rooted in the action of the Holy Spirit; I then offer some constructive thoughts about the implications that follow for a liberative understanding of Tradition.

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Scandalizing John Howard Yoder

Monday, July 7, 2014

This essay reevaluates John Howard Yoder’s theological legacy in light of his sexual violations.

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Three Construals of Scripture and Tradition, Canon and Church: George Lindbeck, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Robert Jenson

Monday, July 7, 2014

While George Lindbeck and Kevin Vanhoozer provide helpful insights toward the recovery of what Lindbeck calls the “classic pattern of biblical interpretation” for the church, Robert Jenson’s proposal for joining together the biblical canon with the apostolic creed is the most fruitful way out of today’s methodological chaos.

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The Spirit Helps Us in Our Weakness: A Review of God, Sexuality, and the Self

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sarah Coakley’s important book recommends prayer as a way to an incorporative model of the Trinity.

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