Problem of methodology

A number of things are coming together at the moment for me. The class I am taking on Greek Philosophy is extremely interesting. I would not have been ready for it a couple of years ago. It does, however, give me a headache! I am, also, reading, Theology of Revleation by Fr Rene Latourelle SJ. Here are a couple of quotes from the Introduction:

The term Word of God is applied primarily to revelation, that is, to this first intervention by which God comes out of His mystery, addresses himself to humanity, and communicates His plan of salvation. Scripture and tradition contain this word; the preaching of the Church transmits it; the liturgy celebrates and actualizes it. But all of this derives from the original word spoken through God. (15)

There is a fundamental difference in the theological starting point of Catholic theology and Protestant theology. Broadly speaking it is the theology of revelation. As Latourelle goes on to point out, for Catholic theology the topic is often left unexplored: We have established that revelation exists, but we have not yet said everything that it is. … there is thus room for a dogmatic study of revelation (15).

Ecumenism is actually not only a problem of ecclesiology but also a problem of methodology. A theology that is ecumenical in tone and intention must be concerned with presenting the doctrine of the Church with fidelity, but a fidelity that promotes dialogue with separated Christians. (16)

The problem of methodology goes hand-in-hand with the basic epistemological problem, the difference between knowledge and belief (even true belief). Read Plato, especially Memo!


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