Creative Fidelity: Weighing and Interpreting Documents of the Magisterium

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Paulist Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Religion - 209 pages
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This book offers guidelines that will help those interested in Catholic theology to make sound judgments about the authority and meaning of the documents in which the church has expressed its faith over the centuries. Making such judgments requires a knowledge of the correct level of response these documents call for from the faithful and the ability to offer to today's faithful a contemporary understanding of their faith. The task of the interpreter is one of creative fidelity, requiring a delicate balance between being faithful to the original meaning of the text and creative in finding the concepts and terms that make it meaningful today.

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Contents

Evaluating the level of authority exercised
12
What is a dogma of faith?
28
B Application of criteria
56
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Rev. Francis A. Sullivan, S.J., is professor emeritus of the faculty of theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. He currently teaches ecclesiology at Boston College.

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