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Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental OntologyA Return to Mystery$
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Hans Boersma

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229642

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229642.001.0001

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Living Tradition: Recovering History for the Church

Living Tradition: Recovering History for the Church

(p.191) 6 Living Tradition: Recovering History for the Church
Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology

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Their sacramental ontology enabled the nouvelle theologians to introduce history as a category with theological significance. This chapter first discusses Jean Daniélou, who regarded the relationship between cosmic and Christian revelation, secular and sacred history, as well as earthly and heavenly cities as sacramental in character. It then moves to the ‘theological’ theory of development of doctrine in Marie–Dominique Chenu, Louis Charlier, and Henri de Lubac. They combined historical development (the horizontal element) with continuity of doctrine (the vertical element) because they regarded doctrinal development as the outworking of the Incarnation. Yves Congar regarded Tradition as ‘the transmission of the reality that is Christianity’. For Congar, the ‘time of the Church’ was sacramental in character. As a result, later development (plenitude) and original deposit (purity) joined, in sacramental fashion, in the ‘time of the Church’. Development of doctrine was thus based on a sacramental ontology.

Keywords:   Jean Daniélou, Marie–Dominique Chenu, Louis Charlier, Henri de Lubac, Yves Congar, revelation, development of doctrine, tradition

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