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The Prophetic ChurchHistory and Doctrinal Development in John Henry Newman and Yves Congar$
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Andrew Meszaros

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786344.001.0001

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Doctrinal Development, Part 1

Doctrinal Development, Part 1

The Role of the Active Subject

(p.96) 3 Doctrinal Development, Part 1
The Prophetic Church

Andrew Meszaros

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 is the beginning of an in-depth treatment of Congar’s theory of doctrinal development. It gives a general outline of Congar’s theory, enumerates briefly the four motors of doctrinal development, explains Congar’s presuppositions, and then proceeds to take up Newman’s insights into the subject from the previous chapter and applies them to development theory. Specifically, the example of the Assumption is used to illustrate Newman’s Informal Inference, wherein antecedent considerations are met by positive evidences. The chapter finishes with a detailed exposition of motors (1) and (2), namely, those of the active subject. In terms of (1) connatural experience, Newman’s Natural Inference is given theological application by a consideration of sanctifying grace and the intellectual gifts of the Holy Spirit. In terms of (2) theological argument, Newman’s Formal Inference is likened to the (Scholastic) theological conclusion, whereas his Informal Inference is likened to (Scholastic) arguments ex convenientia.

Keywords:   theological reflection, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, sanctifying grace, Assumption, theological conclusion, speculative, connatural, intuition, Scholastic

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