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Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. is a distinguished scholar in residence at Fordham University, former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the author of many books. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.
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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883448424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883448427
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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This classic work of a beloved Catholic theologian and cardinal boils down and categorizes the work of dozens of prominent theologians, both Catholic and Protestant, from the 19th and 20th centuries into five models. It is indispensably useful as a primer and for such reason is widely read by graduate-level theology students studying revelation.

One strength of Dulles's book is that he does not merely summarize the positions. He critiques each position, trying to identify both its positive and negative points. This does not mean they are all equal, and his critique of the third and fifth models mentions how they are difficult to reconcile with traditional Christian beliefs. Dulles does not advocate a specific model, nor does he think that the models can simply be combined (since they arrive at different positions on specific questions). Nor does he think creating a sixth model is viable at the present. Instead, he wants to improve upon the models by critiquing them in light of the other models. A clear way forward is not presented. That would be a miraculous feat, to reconcile such diversity!

The first (1) model (Revelation as Doctrine) could be called the conservative or traditional model, which is worked out by both Catholics and Protestants in the 19th century over against the theories of Rationalism. This model sees the Bible as a collection of factually true statements about God and humankind. In some ways it is made official Catholic dogma at the First Vatican Council, though not in a way that totally excludes the following four models. It is also the model generally used by Evangelical Protestants today.

The second (2) model (Revelation as History) is also worked out in the 19th century in deliberate reaction to the first model.
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Avery Dulles takes the untrained reader on a journey through the complex thought processes of a religious scholar, in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step manner.
He sets up criteria and begins building five philosophies or models of revelation theology that are most commonly embraced by Christians today. These models serve as a great eye-opening tool in the final compare-and-contrast stage of his analysis.
Perhaps more fascinating, Dulles expands his search to include specific historical periods, so that the reader gets a better understanding of how theological thought evolves and changes, as one generation of Christian believers builds on the knowledge or misconceptions of the past, and how meaningful dialogue with historians, scientists and other religious groups have enhanced our traditions and affirmed our convictions.
This book represents a rare opportunity for one of the laity to peer into the mind of a great theologian. One can not help but be impressed.
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...there's still much good information to be had. My theology professor had us write papers explaining why Dulles's portrait of the evanagelical model fell short, but I really don't think it was bad at all, considering the religious orientation of the author.

Dulles does an admirable job of portraying the doctrine of revelation from several viewpoints, so this book should come in handy to anyone interested in the nature and thought of revelation.
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Very well articulated views on how God reveals Himself to man. Dulles speaks primatial lay of the catholic stance which overlaps greatly with the majority of Protestant views. A must in thinking about the history of our knowledge of the creator!
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