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A Brief Systematic Theology of the Symbol


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Introduction Chapter One: The Trinity 1. Introduction 2. Augustine, Signs, and the Trinity 3. Karl Rahner's Symbolized and Symbol 4. De Lubac's Sacramental Pneumatology 5. Conclusion: Symbolized-Symbol-Symbolism Chapter Two: Creation 1. Introduction 2. Two Trinitarian Models 3. Aquinas on Creation 4. Duns Scotus 5. Conclusion Chapter Three: Humanity 1. Introduction 2. Nature and Grace 3. Anthropology and Fourfold Exegesis 4. Mary the Exegete Chapter Four: the Church 1. Introduction 2. Symbolism and Ecclesiology 3. A Few Critiques 4. Conclusion Chapter Five: Toward Mystical Reason 1. Introduction 2. From Mysteries to Mystery 3. From Mystery to Mysticism 4. From Mysticism to Mystical Reason Conclusion Bibliography Index

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An exploration in trinitarian theology and its relation to other key themes in Christian theology through a theology of the symbol in dialogue with Henri de Lubac, Karl Rahner, Aquinas and Augustine.

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Joshua Mobley is a Lecturer at Baylor University, USA.


Joshua Mobley offers a scintillating theology of the symbol, moving across key areas of Christian doctrine in conversation with Augustine, Aquinas and modern Catholic theologians. In both its critical and constructive modes, this is an original and challenging work of systematic theology. -- Simon Oliver, Durham University, UK
Mobley's excellent book begins with De Lubac's allusive references to the "symbolic" nature of Patristic theology, takes flight with a vision of the Trinity reliant on the analogy of symbol, and soars into an account of reality and its redemption using the language of symbolised-symbol-symbolism. -- Lewis Ayres, Durham University, UK
One of the most interesting works of systematic theology I have read in some time: simultaneously original and traditional, powerful, clear and beautifully written. An extraordinary book. -- Karen Kilby, University of Durham, UK
This is an adventurous and challenging metaphysical experiment, elaborating Henri de Lubac's "symbolism" as a theological mode capable of holding practice and speculation in creative tension. -- Judith Wolfe, University of St Andrews, UK

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