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Early Christian Theology

Catholic Theological Society of America
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142 CTSA Proceedings 54 / 1999 and part of one another. This vision founds a more integral relationship with and responsibility for our environment. David Toolan in his positive response emphasized the need to keep a Logos christology of this sort firmly inserted in the material world, not leaving it behind. This concern was revisited in the discussion. Toolan also emphasized the need for bringing the beauty of creation into the Christian tradition and called for a cosmic anthropology which would found cosmic christology, expressing the distinctive role human beings play in creation while also emphasizing the intrinsic value of all creatures, thus modifying how we conceive human domination and control over the world and its resources. Other issues arising in discussion were how such an approach would be compatible with respect for other religious traditions, and the deep need in Christianity to move away from world-denying spiritualities. The group suggested that some of these issues be pursued next year. WILLIAM R. STOEGER Vatican Observatory University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona HANS URS VON BALTHASAR SOCIETY Topic: The Church in America and the New Path to Solidarity Convener: Peter J. Casarella, The Catholic University of America Moderator: Alejandro García-Rivera, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley Presenter: Peter J. Casarella, The Catholic University of America Respondent: Lorenzo Albacete, St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie Peter Casarella noted the difficulty of grasping the central theological message of the postsynodal Apostolic Exhortation "Ecclesia in America" (=EIA). So many different policy proposals for both church and world are addressed that one easily loses sight of the three interlocking themes identified in the subtitle: conversion, communion, and solidarity. The hermeneutical key to EIA is "the encounter with the living Jesus Christ." None of what follows in EIA about communion and solidarity makes any sense without this. Ongoing c

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