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Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works (14 vols.)

by 5 authors Schillebeeckx, Edward, Cooper, Jennifer, van Erp, Stephen, Boeve, Lieven, Depoortere, Frederiek

T&T Clark 2011–2013

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Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works (14 vols.)
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Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works brings together the most important and influential works of the Dutch Dominican and theologian Edward Schillebeeckx in a reliable edition. All translations have been carefully checked or revised and some texts are presented in English for the first time. The page numbers of earlier editions are included. Each volume carries a foreword by an internationally renowned Schillebeeckx expert. This edition makes Schillebeeckx available for a new generation of scholars and students.

The Logos edition of Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works allows you instant access to this giant of twentieth century Catholic theology. Every word is indexed, allowing you near-instant search results and quick cross-referencing. Scripture references are linked to your preferred translation and a click allows you to see the passage in context. Right-click on Greek, Hebrew, and Latin words to pull up lexical information and links to language resources in your library.

Key Features

  • The entire corpus of Schillebeeckx’s work
  • Essays translated into English for the first time
  • In-depth indexes
  • Forewords and critical essays by experts on Schillebeeckx

Individual Titles

Christ the Sacrament of the Encounter with God

  • Author: Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Series: Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 192

This is a new edition of the 1963 classic that gave Christological thought a new direction. As far back as his first major book, Schillebeeckx propounded an anthropological approach to the sacraments. In Christ the Sacrament of the Encounter with God, he draws on theologically fruitful work by phenomenological anthropologists like Merleau-Ponty, Buytendijk and Binswanger. Consequently, Schillebeeckx’s distinctive idiom and modern approach continue to be appealing. He rediscovers, as it were from within, the notions forged by scholastic theology, and thus restores to us a theology of the sacraments rooted in the biblical and patristic soil from which they first sprang. Schillebeeckx's speculative synthesis of this quest still has a fresh ring to it. He describes Christ as the primordial sacrament in a reflection on his public ministry, death, and resurrection inspired by the universal human search for such a ‘sacrament.’ He concludes that the Church’s sacraments have to be an earthly extension of the liberation brought by Christ’s story. Schillebeeckx ends by describing sacraments as grace made visible, giving crowning moments in Christian life a mystical quality.

Revelation and Theology

  • Author: Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Series: Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 352

A new edition of a 1960s classic offering Schillebeeckx’s introduction to theology as a discipline.

God the Future of Man

  • Author: Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Series: Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 160

This is a new and revised translation of Schillebeeckx’s 1968 classic. God the Future of Man contains Schillebeeckx’s systematic elaboration on a number of lectures given during a tour of the USA in 1967. The focus is religion and secularisation, viewed from various vantage points: secularisation and God-talk; secularisation and the Church’s liturgy; secularisation and the Church’s new self-understanding; and secularisation and the future of humankind on earth in light of the eschaton (Church and social politics). These thought-provoking reflections are presented against the backdrop of Schillebeeckx’s hermeneutic premises. In the concluding chapter, his reflections on secularisation culminate in the concept of God as the future of humankind. Written in a period pregnant with cultural revolution and religious change, the book foregrounds the pivotal issue of secularisation in a thought-provoking way. With feverish urgency he reflects on various forms of religiosity in the modern world.

World and Church

  • Author: Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Series: Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 272

This is a new edition of the 1971 classic about the relationship between the modern world and the Church. World and Church deals with the conflict between religiosity and life in the world. Deliberately, Schillebeeckx turns around the order of the words in the idiom ‘Church and world,’ thereby stressing the embedding of faith and Church life in particular contexts. In the first three chapters, he reflects on this tension as he experienced it in burgeoning existentialism and debates between Catholics and Marxists in those turbulent years in Paris, where he lived immediately after World War II. The book includes thoughts on pastoral work among the working class and the then-popular pretres-ouvriers movement. He looks at social problems and the mutual interrogation of believers and non-believers in light of the ideological compartmentalisation (‘pillarisation’) evident in three diverse spheres of European society: education, social work, and health care. Schillebeeckx concludes by considering the responsibility of Catholic intellectuals and academics for the future of the world and the Church, including the possible significance of a Catholic university.

Understanding of Faith

  • Author: Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Series: Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 176

A new edition of Schillebeeckx’s 1974 classic on theological hermeneutics.

Jesus, an Experiment in Christology

  • Author: Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Series: Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 640

The existence of the historical Jesus cannot be doubted. But who was Jesus of Nazareth? Who is he for us today? In this controversial work, Schillebeeckx offers his ‘experiment’: an informative and sustained hermeneutical reflection on the story of Jesus. It became a bestseller, and would become the first volume of Schillebeeckx’s trilogy on Jesus Christ. He presents a Christology ‘from below,’ rooted in the synoptic gospels, but especially in Mark and in the Q tradition. At the same time, he is clearly interested in portraying ‘the historical Jesus’ as both Proclaimer and Proclaimed. In this major work, Schillebeeckx tries to answer questions such as: Is the promise of salvation only to be found in Jesus Christ because he was a gift from God, as the Gospels tell us? What can we say about the inspiration of so many who do not attend church or adhere to any believe they find in Jesus Christ? Schillebeeckx takes us into his promising quest that leads to the ultimate question of what religious truth actually is.

The Christian Experience of the Modern World

  • Author: Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Series: Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 832

The Christian Experience in the Modern World is the second volume of Schillebeeckx’s Jesus trilogy. It focuses on the question of salvation for all people. Using seven ‘anthropological constants,’ Schillebeeckx shows the social and political relevance of faith. Inspired by liberation and feminist theologies, he puts strong emphasis on human experience and on the importance of examining Church teaching in its historical context. This volume is a testimony of Schillebeeckx’s groundbreaking attempt to rethink doctrine in the light of the research on the historical Jesus. Instead of starting with Christianity’s great creedal statements about Christ and the Trinity, he focuses on the subjective experience of the first generations of believers as expressed in the New Testament. This choice stirred considerable controversy and a Vatican investigation. Neverthelles, it inspired readers in their personal approach to Christian faith.

Interim Report on the Books Jesus and Christ

  • Author: Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Series: Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 176

As a result of the publication of Jesus, An Experiment in Christology (vol. 6) and The Christian Experience in the Modern World (vol. 7), Schillebeeckx was accused of denying the divinity of Jesus and the resurrection as objective reality. In this interim report, he responds to these criticisms. Schillebeeckx argues that the interpretation of his publications depends to a large extent on what the reader takes as a starting point. This book, therefore, is about presuppositions and methods of interpretation. Schillebeeckx begins by looking once again at the nature of revelation, at the ways in which religious faith is experienced and expressed in the modern world, and at sources of authority. He then discusses specific criticisms. Can he be called a neo-liberal? Does he devalue the Church’s tradition? Is his Christology inadequate? What does he really believe concerning the resurrection? Then, toward the end, in some poetically powerful passages, he turns once again to the nature of the Kingdom of God, creation and salvation.

The Church with a Human Face: A New and Expanded Theology of Ministry

  • Author: Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Series: Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 176

The Church with a Human Face: A New Expanded Theology of Ministry is a thorough and detailed study of Church and ecclesiastical office, including Schillebeeckx’s personal ideas on this topic. This volume elaborates historically and theologically the main line of his argument. It further includes reactions and reflections on criticism he received. The work outlines the evolution of ecclesiastical office—starting with Jesus Christ and his messianic community—followed by a description of the practice and theology of ministry in the early Christian communities, and tracing different forms of ministry in the history of the Church. Of particular interest is the section on the “Complaints of the People,” which deals with the discontent of many connected with the position of women and married priests. As long as women are not allowed to participate fully in the decisions of the Church, Schillebeeckx argues, they will not be liberated, and their complaints will remain a fundamental charge that challenges the Church.

Church: The Human Story of God

  • Author: Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Series: Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 352

This book was originally planned as the ‘ecclesiological’ third part of Schillebeeckx’s Jesus trilogy. It concludes his thinking about the relevance of the living Jesus through history, but with a different approach than originally intended. By the end of the twentieth century, many believers have left the unworldly, “super-naturalistic,” preconciliar Church behind. Those who leave the Church often leave a Church that claims to be the direct mediator of God’s will. However, the Church is not a flawless gift from heaven. It is the vulnerable work of human beings that tries to find accurate ways to comply to the heart of the gospel message. In a time that is characterized by polarization in the Church, Schillebeeckx does not forget to look at the unprecedented and authentic flourishing of the gospel. This book therefore contains the testimony of a theologian who tried, during the course of his life, to describe what God can mean for people today.

Essays

  • Author: Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Series: Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 352

This is a unique selection of Edward Schillebeeckx’s essays, translated into English here for the first time.

Schillebeeckx: A Guide for the Perplexed

  • Author: Stephen van Erp
  • Series: Guides for the Perplexed
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 176

Edward Schillebeeckx is a key figure in modern theology. As one of the editors of Concilium (with Karl Rahner) he was the advisor of the Dutch bishops at the Second Vatican Council and has been said to have influenced much of the content of the Council’s documents. Later, he had to defend his theology before the Magisterium as his orthodoxy was doubted. As a theologian, he always sought to balance between tradition and renewal. The cultural and political situation of his time played an important part in the development of his theological ideas. He connected developments in science and culture with his theology and with the life of people in the Church. This introduction will guide the reader through some of Schillebeeckx’s key ideas. The author will show how Schillebeeckx linked history and tradition to new experiences and to the spirit of his own time and how, in doing so, Schillebeeckx innovated our understanding of Christ, faith and the Church.

Stephan van Erp is a senior researcher and lecturer in systematic theology and theory of religion and culture at the Faculties of Theology and Religious Studies of the Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands). His main publications include The Art of God: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theological Aesthetics and the Foundations of Faith (2004) and Vrijheid in verdeeldheid: De geschiedenis van religieuze tolerantie (Freedom in Diversity: The History of Religious Tolerance) (2008).

Humanity in the Mystery of God: The Theological Anthropology of Edward Schillebeeckx

  • Author: Jennifer Cooper
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 230

Schillebeeckx’s theology is a reflection on the nature of God who is both creator and redeemer: his theology is a treatise on the God who is God for humanity. This means that his theology is always both a reflection on the nature of God and on the meaning of humanity. Hence, there is a theological anthropology at the center of his whole theological enterprise. The definition of humanity is given in the relationship between the mystery of God—the God who is both transcendent and immanent—and the mystery of humanity. For Schillebeeckx, the meaning of humanity is revealed and established in the mystery of God as a vocation to intimacy with God. This intimacy is described both as a dependence upon God and as a situated freedom. Consequently, the description of humanity that emerges from Schillebeeckx’s treatise on God holds together humanity’s metaphysical and moral significance.

At the heart of this theocentric anthropology is its Christological structure. Schillebeeckx develops a sacramental Christology in light of his interpretation of Christ’s incarnation. The relation of incarnation to the death, resurrection, and glorification of Christ establishes a sacramental theological anthropology. The meaning of humanity is given in its creative, salvific, sanctifying, participative, and personal relation to the God who is God both of creation and of covenant. This book develops an interpretation of Schillebeeckx’s theological anthropology by analyzing his theology of revelation and grace, and by examining the Christological structure of his theology. This Christology centers on an interpretation of the Incarnation in which the fully-personal nature of Christ’s humanity is key. This Christology establishes the sacramental nature of humanity and, hence, Schillebeeckx's description of the meaning of human nature is also a theological description of the meaning of human action.

Humanity in the Mystery of God is fascinating to read and a mine of information. It explains lucidly the influence on Schillebeeckx of his theological and philosophical masters, Marie Dominique Chenu and Dominic De Petter, and sets him in a wider historical context. Very elegantly written, its greatest strength is that it is highly original. It is the only work I know of which concentrates on the theological anthropology of Schillebeeckx in the early phases of his career. All other books devoted to his life and thought focus on his later theology. Cooper’s text has the singular strength of being able to demonstrate not only a continuation between Schiillebececkx’s early and late theologies, but also that it is not really possible to understand his writings of the 1980s and 90s without attending to the theological principles he first enunciated in the 1940s and 50s.

—Philip Kennedy, Mansfield College, University of Oxford

Stories of the part that Edward Schillebeeckx played as a backroom theologian at the Second Vatican Council, and then his equally controversial reconstruction of Christology on the basis of recent biblical studies, have overshadowed the first phase of his work, which culminated in his book Christ the Sacrament, now brought to light and back on to the agenda in this lucidly written and scholarly book by Dr. Jennifer Cooper: a very welcome contribution.

—Fergus Kerr, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

Jennifer Cooper’s book is a pleasant surprise. It provides us with the anthropology Schillebeeckx never wrote. And, perhaps more importantly, it challenges the picture, often encountered in the secondary literature, of rupture and discontinuity in Schillebeeckx’s thinking before and after the Second Vatican Council. While rereading after some years Christ the Sacrament, I was struck by the deep similarity with Jesus: An Experiment. Cooper’s analyses of questions of method and content have confirmed my impression. Precisely this continuity may well force us to rethink the easy and lazy distinction between conservative and progressive.

—Herwi Rikhof, faculty of Catholic theology, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

In an astute analysis of the early writings of Edward Schillebeeckx on revelation, grace, incarnation, and resurrection, Jennifer Cooper identifies an important recurring anthropological theme: at the core of the mystery of human lives and relationships is the mystery of God. This volume makes a valuable contribution not only to an understanding of Schillebeeckx’s thought and to the history of theology in the twentieth century, but also to the field of theological anthropology.

—Mary Catherine Hilkert, University of Notre Dame

As an introduction to Schillebeeckx’s work Humanity in the Mystery of God is lucid and compelling. Cooper also attempts to demonstrate continuity in Schillebeeckx’s work, which is often overlooked. Finally, as a positive proposal Humanity in the Mystery of God does not so much generate a completly novel assertion as tease outconcepts from Schillebeeckx’s theology with positive implications. Cooper—via Schillebeeckx—makes a compelling argument for conceiving humanity non-dualistically and non-competitively with the divine thus enabling theology to maintain a theocentric focus while still affirming creation and human history.

—Beau Pihlaja, University of Texas at El Paso

Jennifer Cooper is college lecturer in theology, St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, and a member of the faculty of theology, Oxford. She is also a tutor and a lecturer in theology at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. Jennifer Cooper took a doctorate in theology at the University of Oxford where she held a research fellowship at Keble College.

Edward Schillebeeckx and Contemporary Theology

  • Editors: Lieven Boeve, Frederiek Depoortere, and Stephen van Erp
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 336

This volume includes the following essays.

  • “The Enduring Significance and Relevance of Edward Schillebeeckx: Introducing the State of the Question in Medias Res” by Lieven Boeve
  • “God, the Luxury of Our Lives: Schillebeeckx and the Argument” by Anthony J. Godzieba
  • “Taking Atheism Seriously: A Challenge for Theology in the 21st Century” by Frederiek Depoortere
  • “When Everything becomes Political: Reading Schillebeeckx on Faith and Politics in the Contemporary United States” by Vincent J. Miller
  • “New Orientations of the Political: On the Contemporary Challenge of Political Theology” by Jürgen Manemann
  • “God Before Us, God Among Us: Interreligious Dialogue from an Intercultural Feminist Perspective” by Gemma Tulud Cruz
  • “Which Christological Tools for the Interreligious Dialogue?” by Jean-Louis Souletie
  • “Suffering, Resistance, and Hope: Women’s Experience of Negative Contrast and Christology” by Kathleen McManus
  • “The Threatened Humanum as Imago Dei: Anthropology and Christian Ethics” by Mary Catherine Hilkert
  • “‘Dark Light’: Wrestling with the Angel at the Edge of History” by Elizabeth Kennedy Tillar
  • “Pushed to a Precarious Flexibility: Where to Go if Tradition Has No Answer and Apocalypse is No Alternative” by Hans-Joachim Sander
  • “History and Tradition: Catholicism and the Challenge of Globalized Modernity” by Oliver Davies
  • “The Church with a Human Face” by Marc Dumas
  • “Implicit Faith: Philosophical Theology after Schillebeeckx” by Stephan van Erp
  • “Conversation, Identity and Truth” by Benoît Bourgine
  • “Retrieving God’s Contemporary Presence: The Future of Edward Schillebeeckx’s Theology of Culture” by Erik Borgman
  • “Schillebeeckx and Theology in the Twenty-First Century” by Robert J. Schreiter
  • “Theology for the 21st Century: A Commentary on the Symposium” by Kathleen Dolphin
This volume not only introduces Schillebeeckx’s theology, one of the leading theologians of the twentieth century, but it also explores its potential for the twenty-first century. The range of challenges and the high quality of the essays by internationally known scholars makes this volume indispensible for anyone interested in the challenges facing theology today. Its value goes far beyond the interpretation of Schillebeeckx to a serious engagement with the problems and issues he faced and with those that we need to face today.

—Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Stillman Professor of Roman Catholic Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School

This volume invites the reader to experience how exciting theology can be when it engages with the really pressing questions of our time. Inspired and encouraged by the theology of Edward Schillebeeckx, prominent European and North American scholars explore the mutually critical encounter between Christian faith and our globalizing world. In this dynamic conversation on the demands of a liberating praxis ‘God is new each moment.’

—Werner G. Jeanrond, professor of divinity at the University of Glasgow

[This] book is a very valuable overview of recent Schillebeeckx research.

—Bijdragen, International Journal in Philosophy and Theology

Lieven Boeve is professor of fundamental theology at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), where he currently also serves as dean of the faculty and as the coordinator of the research group Theology in a Postmodern Context. His research concerns theological epistemology, philosophical theology, truth in faith and theology, tradition development, and hermeneutics. He is the author of Interrupting Tradition: An Essay on Christian Faith in a Postmodern Context (2003) and God Interrupts History: Theology in a Time of Upheaval (2007). He has co-edited various volumes, of which the most recent are: Augustine and Postmodern Thought: A New Alliance against Modernity? (2009) and Orthodoxy: Process and Product (2009). From 2005 to 2009 he served as president of the European Society for Catholic Theology.

Frederiek Depoortere is a postdoctoral fellow of the research foundation Flanders (FWO) at the faculty of theology, K.U.Leuven (Belgium) and a member of the research group Theology in a Postmodern Context.

Stephan van Erp is a senior researcher and lecturer in systematic theology and theory of religion and culture at the Faculties of Theology and Religious Studies of the Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands). His main publications include The Art of God: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theological Aesthetics and the Foundations of Faith (2004) and Vrijheid in verdeeldheid: De geschiedenis van religieuze tolerantie (Freedom in Diversity: The History of Religious Tolerance) (2008).

Product Details

  • Title: Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Volumes: 14
  • Pages: 4,422

About Edward Schillebeeckx

Edward Schillebeeckx (1914–2009) was an internationally known theologian and one of the leading progressives at the Second Vatican Council. He was the author of many books, including God is New Each Moment, published by Continuum.