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Tradition: Understanding Christian Tradition

Gerald O’Collins, SJ


This book opens by establishing the substantial convergence in reflection on Christian tradition proposed by a 1963 report of the Faith and Order Commission (of the World Council of Churches) and the teaching of Vatican II (1962–5). Despite this ecumenical consensus, in recent years few theologians have written about tradition, and none has looked to the social sciences for insights into the nature and functions of tradition. Drawing above all on sociologists, this work shows the difference that tradition makes in human and religious life. In the light of the divine self-revelation that climax ... More

Keywords: culture, discerning, Holy Spirit, memory, revelation, Scripture, sociology, tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198830306
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198830306.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald O’Collins, SJ, author
Professor Emeritus, Gregorian University, Rome; Adjunct Professor, Australian Catholic University; Research Fellow, University of Divinity, Melbourne