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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 Sociology of Religion

 Prophecy and Sociology of Religion

(p.251) 7 Prophecy and Sociology of Religion
Christian Prophecy

Niels Christian Hvidt (Contributor Webpage)

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The reality and truth of divine revelation is realized most of all in the lived faith of the church. It is here that prophecy has played its most significant role. Prophets are not called mainly to change tradition but to enliven it. Alessandro Toniolo's reception of the works of Victor Turner provides a deeper insight in the way this occurs. According to the modality of structure, antistructure, and restructurization, the inner dynamism of prophecy is such that it may lead people to new ways of realizing and living the core of Christian faith. In doing so, they may appear as marginal and as if departing from the core of the church, but in reality they are rearranging the way they live the Christian mystery in ways that better fit their times. The inner power of true prophecy is not centrifugal but centripetal, leading anew towards the core of faith.

Keywords:   communitas, limen, liminal, marginal, golden age, regressus ad uterum, Mircea Eliade, Victor Turner, Alessandro Toniolo

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