Edward Schillebeeckx (1914-2009) is a key figure in modern theology. As one of the editors of Concilium (with Karl Rahner) he was the advisor of the Dutch bishops at the Second Vatican Council and has been said to have influenced much of the content of the Council's documents. As a theologian, even when his orthodoxy was called into question before the Magisterium, he always sought to balance between tradition and renewal.
This introduction guides the reader through some of Schillebeeckx's key ideas. Stephan van Erp shows how Schillebeeckx linked history and tradition to new experiences and to the spirit of his own time and how, in doing so, Schillebeeckx innovated our understanding of Christ, faith and the Church. While the cultural and political situation of his time played an important part in the development of his theological ideas, he managed to connect developments in science and culture with his theology and with the life of people in the Church.
Stephan van Erp is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Theory of Religion and Culture at the Faculties of Theology and Religious Studies of the Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands). His main publications include The Art of God: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Theological Aesthetics and the Foundations of Faith (2004) and Vrijheid in verdeeldheid: De geschiedenis van religieuze tolerantie (Freedom in Diversity: The History of Religious Tolerance) (2008).
Introduction: His Life in the Context of His Time /
1. The Sacraments: Liturgy as the Renewal of the Encounter of God and Man /
2. Creation: The World and Human Existence as Gifts
/ 3. Hermeneutics: Revelation and History as Foundations for Theological Method /
4. Jesus as Narrative: The Gospel as Ongoing History /
5. Christ as Justice: Political Theology as the Anthropology of Love /
6. Church: The People of God as Tradition and Authority /
7. Culture: The Incarnate Truth of God and the Challenge of Pluralism /
Epilogue: The Enduring Significance of His Thought