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Journal Cover Pacifica : Australasian Theological Studies
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   ISSN (Print) 1030-570X - ISSN (Online) 1839-2598
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [839 journals]
  • Human consciousness, God and creation
    • Authors: Kelly; A. J.
      Pages: 3 - 22
      Abstract: This article explores the often-overlooked dimension of human consciousness in the consideration of both creation and the Creator. To that end, it treats the phenomenon of consciousness and its self-transcending dynamism. There follow brief remarks on consciousness in relation to the traditional meaning of ‘soul’ and the modern achievements in brain-research. The way creation in its beauty and variety is registered in consciousness is then treated, along with the implied character of the Creator. Our conclusion points to the need for a multiplicity of perspectives in exploring the mystery of creation.
      PubDate: 2015-12-10T07:46:44-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15596767
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 1 (2015)
  • The Resurrection in phenomenology: Jean-Luc Marion on the 'saturated
           phenomenon par excellence
    • Authors: Johnstone; B. V.
      Pages: 23 - 39
      Abstract: Jean-Luc Marion has identified the resurrection as ‘the saturated phenomenon par excellence’. Marion’s proposal has had a very positive reception by theologians who have written on the theme, for example Anthony J. Kelly and Brian D. Robinette. This article explains and assesses critically the notion of the saturated phenomenon and its applicability to the resurrection. The topics that are studied include Marion’s early theological writings on the resurrection, his development of the notion of the saturated phenomenon by an original interpretation of phenomenology, his account of the resurrection as a saturated phenomenon and his explanation of the relation between faith and reason. The relevant background in contemporary French philosophy is described following Gary Gutting.
      PubDate: 2015-12-10T07:46:44-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15596768
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 1 (2015)
  • Embracing the Other: A Christian response to counterterrorism legislation
           in Australia
    • Authors: Macallan; B.
      Pages: 40 - 53
      Abstract: This article explores the impact of Australia’s counterterrorism legislation and its resulting influence on Muslim communities in Australia. It does this by exploring Australia’s participation in the war on terrorism and how the government and society have responded. It then seeks to use Miroslav Volf’s concept of embrace as a way for the Church to begin to overcome its own cultural bias, and to present an example to the wider culture in working against these negative effects. Specific actions and proposals are offered for the Australian context at each part of the embrace.
      PubDate: 2015-12-10T07:46:44-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15601703
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 1 (2015)
  • The theology of religions revisited
    • Authors: OCollins; G.
      Pages: 54 - 67
      Abstract: This article begins by responding to the challenges and criticisms coming from those who reviewed The Second Vatican Council on Other Religions. It insists on the need to examine other living faiths as ways not only of salvation but also of (divine) revelation (which elicits human faith). A positive view of other religions (1) does not undermine missionary proclamation, and (2) should be strengthened by invoking the intercessory priesthood of Christ (the ‘sacerdotal principle’) and the force of love that empowers prayer for others. To conclude, the article pleads for an integral interpretation of Vatican II texts that examines not only the authorial intentions but also the reception of the texts and the insights coming from readers (including popes, bishops and theologians).
      PubDate: 2015-12-10T07:46:44-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15601704
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 1 (2015)
  • Reading Jonah as 'history? The implications of canonical location for
           Jonah and the Book of the Twelve
    • Authors: LeCureux; J. T.
      Pages: 68 - 78
      Abstract: From an interpretive standpoint, Jonah presents as one of the more difficult books in the Old Testament. Is the book intended to critique the actions of God, of Israel, of the prophet, or of prophecy as a whole? The fantastic story of a prophet located in the middle of a collection that contains very little narrative, Jonah is unique among the writings of the Book of the Twelve (BT). With the rise of biblical criticism, particularly narrative analysis, biblical scholars have long left the idea that Jonah was ever intended to be understood as a historical account. However, the two separate orders of the BT (LXX and MT) position Jonah in a different canonical location. I contend that one of the reasons for this discrepancy relates to the different readings of Jonah as ‘history’. Though the LXX makes the reasonable decision to place the two prophecies concerning Assyria (Jonah–Nahum) next to one another, the MT, followed by the English versions, has separated them. While it is impossible to state with certainty the interpretive viewpoint of the editors of the MT, I contend that the canonical location of Jonah within the BT is, in part, dependent on reading Jonah as a historical event. In other words, the MT editors, perhaps unlike the LXX editors, saw the historical results of Jonah’s actions as essential to the overall structure and theology of the BT. The book is positioned at a critical location within the Twelve, one that gives explanation to YHWH’s (historical) actions in the past, in order to give hope to his people in the future. Such a reading raises interpretive questions about God, his people, the nations and the overall theology of the BT.
      PubDate: 2015-12-10T07:46:44-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15608645
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 1 (2015)
  • Sacred and secular in Australian social services
    • Authors: Oslington; P.
      Pages: 79 - 93
      Abstract: Church-related not-for-profit organizations deliver approximately half of social services in Australia through contracting arrangements with governments. The religious dimensions have attracted remarkably little attention, but along with religious schooling and hospitals, social services are at the front line of the sacred–secular interactions in Australia. This will become even more so with the advent of the National Disability Scheme. In contemporary social services contracting we have a peculiarly Australian religious settlement where government draws on the benign and useful elements of religion while bypassing difficult and potentially dangerous theological and interdenominational disputes. However, the government, in some cases with the acquiescence of religious social service providers, is attempting to go beyond this to detach service delivery from the theological ideas, and the personal and communal practices, which sustain it. The combination of shortcomings of the economic incentive design of the contacting arrangements and lack of appreciation of the religious dimensions of the organizations involved are currently leading to erosion of quality of client service, inflexibility, transfer of risk, staffing problems, gender imbalances, and lack of innovation in the sector. There are also important religious threats to the Australian settlement. Better understanding of the religious dimensions would help ensure the efficiency and sustainability of high-quality social services in Australia, to the benefit of the mission of the churches, the government, and many vulnerable people served by the agencies.
      PubDate: 2015-12-10T07:46:44-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15619782
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 1 (2015)
  • Home and Away: Contextual Theology and Local Practice
    • Authors: Cronshaw; D.
      Pages: 94 - 95
      PubDate: 2015-12-10T07:46:44-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15613359
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 1 (2015)
  • Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life
    • Authors: Cronshaw; D.
      Pages: 95 - 97
      PubDate: 2015-12-10T07:46:44-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15613359a
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 1 (2015)
  • 50 Years Receiving Vatican II: A Personal Odyssey
    • Authors: OCollins; G.
      Pages: 98 - 98
      PubDate: 2015-12-10T07:46:44-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15613359b
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 1 (2015)
  • The World of Man
    • Authors: OCollins; G.
      Pages: 99 - 100
      PubDate: 2015-12-10T07:46:44-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15613359c
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 1 (2015)
  • The Theological Notion of the Human Person. A Conversation Between the
           Theology of Karl Rahner and the Philosophy of John Macmurray
    • Authors: Williams; K.
      Pages: 100 - 102
      PubDate: 2015-12-10T07:46:44-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15613359d
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 1 (2015)
  • Leaving Christendom for Good: Church-World Dialogue in a Secular Age
    • Authors: Reed; B.
      Pages: 102 - 104
      PubDate: 2015-12-10T07:46:44-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1030570X15613359e
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 1 (2015)
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