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Mary and the Church in Salvation April 30, 2021 13:46It is not a mere rhetorical flourish to say that, as she stood beneath the cross, Christ poured forth all His redeeming blood into the heart of the Mother from whom He had received it. [Click title for more.]
Scheeben and Theological Method August 30, 2018 13:43 2 Comments
Scheeben's unique theological approach is excellently exemplified in his chapter on the Virginal Conception, using allusions, symbols, and images as real exegetical derivations that can function as theological reasons. [Click title for more.]
Mary and the Old Testament's Wisdom in Matthias Scheeben's "Mariology" August 18, 2018 17:09Scheeben relates Mary to the Old Testament by a reflection on the scriptural figure of Lady Wisdom. The theological tradition has treated her as a literary personification of multiple actually-existent realities, of which Scheeben attends especially to three: a divine Person; a cosmological reality; and Mary. He does not conflate these distinct realities but finds in each deep significance, worthy of consideration according to their representation by scriptural Wisdom. [Click title for more.]
Mariology and Matthias Scheeben August 12, 2018 13:57Scheeben’s genius lies in the formal union of the mystery of the Church with the mystery of Mary as a matter of dogmatics. While others had tried to locate Mary’s significance primarily in her conciliar title of theotokos or in the exegetical image of the New Eve, Scheeben attempted to unite these two formally in a “bridal motherhood.” [Click title for more.]
Anselm of Canterbury April 21, 2016 09:46
A new book, just in time for the traditional Feast of St. Anselm of Canterbury: A small, affordable edition of Anselm's famous Cur Deus Homo, a meditation on the Incarnation and the coherence of the Cross. This modern translation, by professor of medieval philosophy Jasper Hopkins, is a pleasure to read.
Anselm writes to show "unbelievers" (very likely Jewish thinkers) that the Incarnation and the Cross are neither incoherent nor unbefitting of God: God lived and died as a human in order to pay the debt of justice and obedience that humankind owed by its very nature, but which humankind had not and could not pay being burdened with past sins and already owing all future obedience.This argument, in its essence, is one not of suffering but of self-offering love.
Anselm wishes to show that, in a contingent way, they might even be thought of as "necessary." He does not claim that God operates under such a necessity, but that within the order of things that God has established, and which even the "unbeliever" could agree to, the Incarnation and the Cross have their fitting and compelling place. For Anselm, this sort of reasoned argument was itself an exercise in prayer. He passed to his reward 907 years ago today.