Weinandy - Tilley: disputes between theologians or the Tradition?

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When the average Catholic thinks of theological disputation they quickly surmise that they can be tedious, if not irrelevant. Connections are not made for the average Catholic between relevance of a theological truth or an idea to the spiritual life and the teaching of Truth and one's salvation. Believe it or not, theology means something. Admittedly, I don't blame people's reluctance to enter into the fray of the issues because they are complicated, convoluted and cause considerable consternation between the interlocutors. But what else would you expect from intelligent people? Theological matters are incredibly important for the life of the Church particularly in the realm of protecting the deposit of faith from charlatans. I, for one, love the controversy that's stirred up because it gets people talking and thinking about the issues posited by Catholic theologians.

Capuchin Father Thomas G. Weinandy (Dir. of Doctrine Committee, USCCB) thinks Dr. Terrence W. Tilley (Fordham Univ. theologian & chair of the Dept of Theology) is on the outer limits of what theological reflection and research legitimately allows for. Tilley believes he and others are recovering an older theological approach (method).

I for one think Weinandy has the stronger argument.

Father Weinandy's article is presented here Weinandy on Tilley's theological argument.pdf and Dr. Tilley's address is found here Tilley CTSA address 2009.pdf.


After a quick look, I would agree.

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