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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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The Prophetic Church in History

The Prophetic Church in History

(p.198) 6 The Prophetic Church in History
The Prophetic Church

Andrew Meszaros

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 offers a theology of doctrine and its development inspired by the works of Newman and Congar. The first section situates doctrine in the wider plan of salvation, and argues for its intelligibility and reliability. The second section offers a theology of doctrinal development by establishing a relationship between the four motors of doctrinal development (1 and 2 pertaining to the active subject, and 3 and 4 pertaining to history) and God. The third section presents the “Economy of Doctrine.” The utility of the category is to think of doctrine in “economic terms.” Hence, doctrine and its development are compared to the economies of the sacraments and of prayer. The ultimate aim of the comparisons is to show that one can both fully acknowledge the existence of real historical causes and conditions of Church teaching and, at the same time, affirm the divine causality that is behind it.

Keywords:   doctrine, revelation, infallibility, causality, Economy of Doctrine, Sacramental Economy, symbol, Aquinas, First Truth

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