for the degree of
Doctor of Philosophy
Friday, February 27, 2015
11:00a.m., Caldwell Hall, Room 125
The three-fold contribution of Gerald o’collins’s fundamental theology: its christocentric outlook, its focus on the resurrection, and its groundwork for ecumenism
Director: William Loewe, Ph.D.
This dissertation examines Gerald O’Collins’s S. J.’s contributions to fundamental theology over the past fifty years, focusing on three interconnected areas of insight: the relationship of history to revelation, the centrality of Christ, and ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, noting their development over time in his theology. It provides a critical examination of O’Collins’s contributions to the field of fundamental theology— especially his insights into revelation and history, his focused Christocentrism, and his understanding of the relationship between Christianity and non-Christian religions. These interconnected themes form the core of his thought in fundamental theology and draw together important insights from various fields of interest, such as Christology, ecumenism, and Christian anthropology. We show how O’Collins’s view of revelation and history informs his Christocentric perspective. Within his Christocentric perspective the resurrection plays a decisive role and opens several possibilities for the ongoing presence of Christ both in time and to all peoples, thus setting the groundwork for O’Collins’s ideas concerning faith and inter-religious dialogue and understanding.