Volume 6, Issue 2, June 1993
There is much to report. We thank those readers who responded to our survey: your observations were both supportive and suggestive. While we remain ready to publish full-length scholarly articles, we also wish to establish a forum for brief discussions and observations and invite your contributions. We are aware that many of the articles published in Pacifica are more Eurocentric than the title of the journal indicates and we hope that more contributions from the Asian-Pacific rim will appear in the future. Some respondents asked for issues of Pacifica to be devoted to a particular theme, and we are exploring the possibility of a future volume being devoted to a re-reading of Patristic theology.
Sponsorship from the Melbourne College of Divinity has ensured the continuing viability of Pacifica. We are delighted to report that the MCD and the University of Melbourne have entered into a formal agreement of affiliation, enhancing the provision of facilities for theological education as well as improving resources for teaching and research.
Other MCD news includes the following appointments: Dr Mark Brett as Professor of Old Testament Studies at Whitley College; Dr Eddie Broadhead as Lecturer in New Testament at Whitley College; Rev Greg Elsdon to take up the position of Principal at the Churches of Christ Theological College in 1994. Dr Dorothy Lee to succeed Prof Nigel Watson as Professor of New Testament at The Uniting Church Theological Hall in 1994; Dr Howard Wallace to succeed Prof Robert Anderson as Professor of Old Testament at The Uniting Church Theological Hall in 1994. The United Faculty of Theology farewells not only Professors Watson and Anderson, but also Professor Harry Wardlaw, who also retires at the end of 1993.
We also sadly farewell Pamela Foulkes, a founding member of the Pacifica Association, who has been involved with the journal since the first exploratory meetings of 1986 and who served as Manager and then Book Review Editor. Pamela has migrated to Sydney to take up work with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All readers of Pacifica owe her an enormous debt and we shall miss, hopefully only for a short time, her assiduous and passionate contribution to the well-being of the journal.
Reception Hermeneutics and the "Development" of Doctrine
Despite its strengths, the development model for understanding the history of doctrine has certain inadequacies. It is proposed that the category of “reception” provides a more adequate reading of doctrinal history. Appropriating the reception hermeneutics of Hans Robert Jauss, this approach envisages the expression of doctrine and dogma in any age as part of the living reception of the living tradition. Such a reception-model highlights a certain dynamic evident in the history of doctrine that has implications for the interpretation of doctrine and dogma today.
Are There Really Angels in Carlton? Australian Literature and Theology
This article considers how literature and theology can cooperate to develop “Australian theology”. It also asks that theology be sensitive to the ways in which literature can create its meanings, be aware of the demonic possibilities in writing, and come to terms with texts which deconstruct the words and worlds of traditional theology.
Persons, Souls and Embryos
The first part of this paper offers comments on the current debate within the Catholic church over the point in the development of the human embryo when ensoulment takes place. Interest is not so much in trying to determine the point of ensoulment as in clarifying the concept of ensoulment (animation, hominization) as inherited from Aristotle and Aquinas. This clarification leads to the second part of the paper, a discussion of some problems with the traditional Catholic notion of the soul as a spiritual principle “created immediately...by God”.
Whiteheadian Creativity, the Tao, and the Thomistic Act of Being
The notion of Creativity within the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead offers a generalised structure of intelligibility. Creativity is not an entity, not even God as the Supreme Being or utterly transcendent entity, but an underlying activity which serves as the ontological ground for everything that exists. Comparisons can thus be made between the notion of the Tao within classical Chinese philosophy, the God-world relationship within the philosophy and theology of Thomas Aquinas, and the neo-classical process-oriented metaphysics of Whitehead. It is arguable that a transcendent activity underlies all the particular changes in this world.
A New Ontology? A Response to a Recent Suggestion
In offering a constructive response to Honner’s “New Ontology”, this article suggests: (1) some continuities with a number of traditional theological techniques; (2) the desirability of greater emphasis on the doctrines of creation and the trinity; (3) the need for a more careful retrieval of some former distinctions dealing with the incarnation, the eucharist and eschatology; and (4) the foundational relevance of a more thorough-going “turn to the subject”.
Hymnus: Materialen zu einer Geschichte der antiken
Footwashing in John 13 and the Johannine Community
The Son of Man Tradition
The Romans Debate, Revised and Expanded Edition
Women and the Genesis of Christianity
The Case for Women's Ministry
Spirit of the World: The Moral Basis of Christian Spirituality
Christian Uniqueness Reconsidered: The Myth of a Pluralistic Theology of Religions
Remembering Esperanza: A Cultural-Political Theology of North American Praxis
Changing Women, Changing Church
Making Australia. Exploring our National Conversation
The Göttingen Dogmatics - Instruction in the Christian Religion, Volume 1
Diakonia: Reinterpreting the Ancient Sources
Are All Christians Ministers?
An Anthology of Christian Mysticism
Dialogue with the Other: The Inter-Religious Dialogue
Jesus the Christ: The Historical Origins of Christological Doctrine
Ormond Rush is a Roman Catholic priest of the diocese of Townsville. After thirteen years in parish ministry, he completed a Licentiate in Fundamental Theology at the Gregorian University and spent one year of postgraduate research in Boston. He is currently on the formation staff at Pius XII Seminary, Banyo, and teaches in the Brisbane College of Theology.
Noel Rowe, S.M., teaches Australian Literature at the University of Sydney. His poetry has been published in Les Murray’s
Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry. With Dr Erin White he has been teaching a course in “Australian Religious Imagination” at the Aquinas Academy and the Catholic Theological Union in Sydney.
Peter Coghlan is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Head of the Department of Theology and Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University, Christ Campus, Oakleigh, Victoria. His present interests include a study of the educational thought of John Henry Newman.
Joseph A. Bracken, S.J., is Professor of Theology at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Freiburg and has published widely on the Trinity, his most recent work being Society and Spirit: A Trinitarian Cosmology.
Tony Kelly, C.Ss.R., S.T.L., Dr. Theol., lectures in systematic theology at the Yarra Theological Union in Melbourne, where he served as President from 1980-1985. His work on the connections between science and theology, An Expanding Theology: Faith in a World of Connections, is about to be published by E. J. Dwyer.