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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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Christianity and History

Christianity and History

(p.127) 4 Christianity and History
The Prophetic Church

Andrew Meszaros

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 seeks to continue unpacking the relationship between the two overarching themes of the book: the subject and history. The first section discusses the subject as a historian, and so treats Newman’s and Congar’s approaches to the discipline of history. Newman’s appeal to the fourth-century Arian controversy and Congar’s to thirteenth-century social and theological novelties are compared. The second section investigates what it means for the subject to be historical, or for a creature to be in space and time. Here, Congar’s anthropology and theology of history are exposited. The final section addresses some of the prima facie concerns that arise when one views Christianity as a thoroughly historical religion. Here, Congar’s responses to these concerns are put forward while highlighting his appeal to two texts of Newman’s (i.e., the Benedictine Essays and the Preface to the third edition of the Via Media).

Keywords:   history, Annales, Arians, Aquinas, Chenu, continuity, Preface to Via Media, sacred history, time of the Church, contingency

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