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Christian ProphecyThe Post-Biblical Tradition$
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Niels Christian Hvidt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314472

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314472.001.0001

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 Prophecy and Tradition

 Prophecy and Tradition

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Christian Prophecy

Niels Christian Hvidt (Contributor Webpage)

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Revelation is complete with Christ but does not come to a close with him. There is a deep unity between the Christ event and its unfolding through the action of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church. In this sense, Christianity is not a final but a preliminary stage between Christ's first and his last coming. This recognition is important for the understanding of the concept of tradition. Tradition should not be seen in the sense of traditional, but signifies a living reality in which Christ continues to unfold and actualize his truth in every new generation. Prophecy is one of the realizations of this dynamic actualization process. In fact, most of the instances in which revelation is actualized through time (Scripture, Magisterium, theology, dogma, pious traditions, liturgy) have been inspired by prophecy.

Keywords:   tradition, Maximus the Confessor, Hans Urs von Balthasar, dynamic actualization, liturgy, Scripture, magisterium, theology, dogma, pious traditions

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