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Learned IgnoranceIntellectual Humility among Jews, Christians and Muslims$
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James L. Heft, Reuven Firestone, and Omid Safi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769308

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769308.001.0001

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Saving Dominus Iesus

Saving Dominus Iesus

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(p.257) 14 Saving Dominus Iesus
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Learned Ignorance
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Daniel Madigan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769308.003.0015

This chapter analyzes the document published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in 2000, Dominus Iesus (DI)—a document which caused more controversy within the Catholic Church than any papal document since Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical, Humanae vitae, which condemned the use of artificial birth control. It begins by identifying some elements of the language, presuppositions, and methods of the document that together have created such a strong impression of arrogance. It then attempts to re-express some of DI's central concerns in a way that affirms their importance, but with less of what has seemed to some people its confident swagger. The reflection is informed particularly by the experience over the last few years of reading—together with Muslims, Jews, and Hindus—several ecclesial documents (including Dominus Iesus) that since the time of the Council have grappled with the question of dialogue and mission.

Keywords:   Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dominus Iesus, papal document, Catholic Church, ecclesial documents

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