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Believing ScholarsTen Catholic Intellectuals$
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James L. Heft

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225255

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225255.001.0001

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The Faith of a Theologian

The Faith of a Theologian

(p.151) Chapter 10 The Faith of a Theologian
Believing Scholars

Avery Cardinal Dulles S.J.

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This chapter discusses the relationship of faith and theology from the point of view of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S. J. It claims that the subject has considerable importance because many of the difficulties people experience in Church and society are due to the impoverishment of faith or to theology that is not in harmony with faith. The chapter shows how theology in general, and Dulles' theology in particular, depends on faith and is in service to faith. It follows that theology is not only an exercise of faith; it is conducted in the service of faith—that of the individual and of the Church as the community of faith. The chapter concludes that faith is the presupposition and the animating principle of anything that claims to be theology and that faith is a gift that should be treasured.

Keywords:   Avery Cardinal Dulles, theology, faith, community, theology

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