Title: The Prayer of St Benedict: A Dynamic Meta-paradigm for a Theology of Faith
Authors: Bateman, Terence # ×
Issue Date: Jul-2010
Publisher: Downside Abbey
Series Title: Downside Review vol:128 issue:452 pages:157-182
Abstract: The PSB considered as a whole operates as a dynamic
meta-paradigm of faith by bringing into focus central elements regarded as integral to a comprehensive analysis of the nature of faith by grounding the act of faith in wisdom. This dimension overarches all the others, as it is the first grace requested in the Prayer, and presumably, therefore, is the condition for the fulfilment of the other graces necessary for a deepening of faith.This central theme, where wisdom is understood as a theological-epistemological category, will guide this discussion.
The first part will examine the wisdom element of the Prayer and argue that upon this element a meta-paradigm of faith may be constructed through discerning that the experiential, critical, andtranscendental approaches provide subsidiary paradigms that enable a coherent analysis of the nature of Christian faith. These paradigms are distilled from an analysis of the structure, content, and intention of the PSB respectively. The second part will explore the relationship between these paradigms through four descriptive models. Finally, a brief analysis of ‘a day in the life’ of Jesus from the Gospel of Mark will illustrate the relationship between the paradigms of faith as described in the fourth model.
ISSN: 0012-5806
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Unit Systematic Theology - miscellaneous
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