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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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The Uses of Scripture in Theology

The Uses of Scripture in Theology

April 10, 1991

(p.68) 6 The Uses of Scripture in Theology
Church and Society

Avery Cardinal Dulles

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the uses of Scripture in theology. The Council of Trent, warning against the dangers of private interpretation in matters pertaining to Christian doctrine regarding faith and morals, declared that it is for the Church to decide on the true meaning and interpretation of Scripture and that Scripture is never to be interpreted contrary to the unanimous consensus of the Fathers. One of the most instructive recent documents on the use of Scripture in theology is the statement of the Biblical Commission on Scripture and Christology issued in 1984. This statement surveys eleven contemporary approaches to Christology and points out their respective assets and limitations. The discussion summarizes in ten headings the methods that seem most evident in contemporary theology: classical doctrinal approach, biblical theology, spiritual exegesis, word theology, existential hermeneutics, experiential-expressive approach, authorial intention, historical reconstruction, narrative theology, and liberation theology.

Keywords:   Biblical Commission, Scripture, Christology, contemporary theology, spiritual exegesis, word theology, existential hermeneutics

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