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A Philosophical-Theologian's Journey

David B. Burrell

in Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780823243198
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823243235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823243198.003.0007
A Philosophical-Theologian's Journey

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Burrell's life is interwoven with the University of Notre Dame, the Congregation of the Holy Cross and experience of teaching in America, Bangladesh, Israel and Uganda. Under the guidance of Lonergan, a deep relationship to the philosophical-theological approach of Aquinas acted as a preparation for the encounter with Maimonides and al-Ghazali. The importance of Jewish-Christian-Muslim engagement is exemplified by the Centre at Tantur and later by devotion to comparative theology as a vehicle for sharpening Christian theological understanding. This is drawn out by sections devoted to aspects of the theology of Trinity, Christology and Original Sin. The chapter ends with a call for intellectual humility as an essential component of the life of theology, dialogue and witness.

Keywords: Burrell; Notre Dame; Congregation of the Holy Cross; Lonergan; Aquinas; Maimonides; al-Ghazali; Tantur; Jewish-Christian-Muslim; Comparative theology

Chapter.  4351 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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