Kresta in the Afternoon – August 8, 2019 – Hour 1

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+  Pope Francis, the uniqueness of Christ, and the will of the Father (2 segments)

  • Description: Given the pluralism of world religions, many contemporary academics and pundits argue that Christianity can no longer claim itself to be the one true religion. Not only do those who profess other religious beliefs question Christianity’s uniqueness, but Christians, lay and ecclesial, do so as well. The ultimate question is: Is Jesus singular or is he merely one of many founders of various world religions? This question has arisen with a document Pope Francis signed in Abu Dhabi in February and with the release of the working document for the Amazon synod. We talk with Fr Thomas Weinandy.
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    • Fr. Thomas Weinandy
      Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, a prolific writer and one of the most prominent living theologians, serves as a member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission. He's the author of The Father's Spirit of Sonship: Reconceiving the Trinity and Jesus Becoming Jesus: A Theological Interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels.
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    • The Father’s Spirit of Sonship: Reconceiving the Trinity

      This book attempts to reconceive the Trinity. Its thesis is that the Father beget the Son in or by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit proceeds from the Father as the one in whom the Son is begotten. While some contemporary authors have proposed a similar view, no-one has done so in such a complete and systematic fashion. Reconceiving the Trinity in this way has a number of advantages. Firstly, it is more in keeping with the New Testament proclamation, and thus it more closely aligns the economic and immanent Trinity. Secondly, it overcomes the inadequacies of traditional trinitarian formulations, in both Eastern and Western Churches, which incorporates erroneous philosophical presuppositions. Thirdly, it offers a resolution to the filioque controversy, which may be acceptable to both the Latin and the Orthodox Churches. This book is, therefore, highly ecumenical in importance. Fourthly, it gives a more active and essential role to the Holy Spirit within the immanent Trinity, something that has been lacking throughout the trinitarian tradition. The true subjectivity or personality of the Holy Spirit is more clearly defined. This book brings out the spiritual and practical importance of the Trinity for the everyday lives of Christians. It defines more clearly how Christians are grafted into the very life of the Trinity: how they come to relate to the persons of the Trinity in a manner analogous to the way they relate to one another. (learn more)

    • Jesus Becoming Jesus: A Theological Interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels

      "Jesus Becoming Jesus is a masterwork by one of America's finest theologians ― a brilliant, profoundly Catholic act of scholarship, scrupulously thorough, beautifully written, faithful to Vatican II's Dei Verbum, and in service to the 'sacred page' as the Word of God. Father Weinandy has offered us yet another superb contribution to the life of the Church." - Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia "We are fortunate to have this excellent interpretation of the person of Jesus as presented in the Gospels. Many persons have longed for a more serious engagement between the study of the biblical text and the development of Christian doctrine. Fr. Weinandy provides the reader with an outstanding model for this classic―but too often neglected―spiritual discipline." – Gary Anderson, University of Notre Dame "This book is refreshingly―and also challengingly―different from most commentaries on the Gospels. Thomas Weinandy is a theologian for whom the church's doctrinal tradition is a living source of inspiration and insight. His reading of the Gospels is informed on every page by a fully incarnational and trinitarian faith. By focusing on the events of the Gospel narrative he forges a sophisticated and attractive theology of the saving acts of God. In these acts Jesus, he maintains, enters into his own identity as "YHWH saves." They are acts of the triune God, enacted in the humanity of Jesus so that humans can enter into communion with the triune God." – Richard Bauckham, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, St. Andrews University, Scotland "A significant new work of Christology. Few in the modern era have sought to write a full-scale systematic study of the mysteries of the life of Jesus. This is what Thomas Weinandy has provided. The Incarnation, Mariology, the virginal conception, the apostolic life and teaching, transfiguration and miracles, the atoning death and glorification of Christ: there is a wealth of original theological analysis in this book, presented in clear and accessible form. The author's longstanding study of historical exegesis, classical patristic doctrine, and modern Christological controversies is present in the background and gives rise to a deeply integrated theological portrait. This book is the fruit of a lifetime of learning and teaching but also of meditating profoundly on the mystery of Jesus Christ. Anyone interested in seeing Catholic systematic theology practiced at its best should read it." – Thomas Joseph White, OP, Dominican House of Studies, and author of The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism (CUA Press) (learn more)

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