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Title: The Holy Spirit in the theology of Yves Congar
Author: Kearney, Elizabeth M.
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 1994
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After an introduction including biographical and contextual details. Chapter One of this thesis considers the theological influences on Congar and the approach which this writer takes to theology. Chapter Two outlines the areas with which the thesis is particularly concerned and indicates the problems raised which a pneumatological concern might help solve. In Chapter Three Congar's treatment of doctrine of the Holy Spirit is examined, since it is argued throughout that he connects his understanding of who the Spirit is with the role he plays in other areas of theology. In Chapter Four Congar's pneumatological approach to Christology is considered and it is argued that as he involves the Spirit in the Christ event, he ensures that his Christology is biblical, truly Trinitarian, incorporates the eschatological dimension and clarifies the way God brings about our redemption through His Word and His Spirit. Chapter Five considers Congar's view of the human person especially as he or she is made in the image of God, and argues that he provides an approach to theological anthropology which, by incorporating the Spirit, emphasises the personal in our relationship with God, illuminates our understanding of how this works in our lives, and helps us grasp the logic of Christ's salvific work in us. Chapter Six sets out Congar's understanding of Church as both institution and community of salvation and argues that as his increasingly pneumatological vision leads to his seeing the Church as a communion, co-instituted by the Spirit who makes her one, holy, catholic and apostolic he provides us with an important theological foundation for many important existential developments which affect not only the Roman Catholic Church and her members, but also her relations with other Churches. Chapter Seven sets out Congar's views on the Spirit in the Church and argues that God is still working in the living Church keeping her true to her foundation yet ever new in the way God always works with His creation, through His Spirit. This thesis contributes to the knowledge of Congar's theology by looking at it as a whole, ultimately understood as unified by being regarded from a pneumatological perspective.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral