Theology & the Mind of Christ

Sacred theology, as Christians understand it, may be described as reflection on divine revelation. I believe this description merits several
comments.

First, it says, “reflection on divine revelation,” not “reflection on the content of revelation.” Revelation is God’s act. It cannot be reduced to a series of declaratory sentences, or propositions. The “content” of revelation is not something separable from the act of Revelation.

For example, God does not simply declare, “I am one God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Rather, the Father reveals himself in the Son (in the order of history) and the Holy Spirit (in the order of transcendence). The Church does not receive this Trinitarian revelation as a bare doctrinal proposition, . . .

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, and The Trial of Job (all from Conciliar Press). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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