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Avery Cardinal Dulles

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228621

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228621.001.0001

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University Theology as a Service to the Church

University Theology as a Service to the Church

December 6–7, 1988

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(p.1) 1 University Theology as a Service to the Church
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Church and Society
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Avery Cardinal Dulles

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823228621.003.0001

The concept of university theology is necessarily somewhat vague. Patristic theology, for instance, had a particularly pastoral character since it was closely linked with the preaching of the bishops to their flocks. In the early Middle Ages theology, chiefly practiced in monasteries, became more contemplative; it was closely bound up with the pursuit of holiness and with prayerful reading of sacred texts, both biblical and patristic. In the high Middle Ages the universities emerged as the chief centers of theological productivity. Theology became more academic and scientific. Then, in early modern times, when the universities became secularized and nationalized, theology moved by preference to the seminaries, and there it remained for the most part until about a generation ago. This chapter discusses the differing styles of theology, contributions of university theology, academic freedom of technology, the impact of religious pluralism, and the remaining challenges to university theology.

Keywords:   Middle Ages, religious pluralism, academic freedom, university theology, Church

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