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Author(s): Auerochs, Bernd | Jeanrond, Werner G. | Jeanrond, Werner G. | Hardmeier, Christof
[German Version] I. Literary Studies A text is a sequence of sentences or other linguistic utterances that can be considered as a unit. It may be oral or written. The term text derives from Latin texere, “weave,” and its associated nouns textum and textus. The metaphor of weaving, already used by Cicero and Quintilian with reference to linguistic phenomena, has had ongoing influence, down to present-day attempts to define the “textuality” of texts. In earlier usage, preserved in the tradition of philology, a text is an existing original …

Fundamental Theology

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Author(s): Jeanrond, Werner G. | Petzoldt, Matthias
[German Version] I. History – II. System I. History 1. Catholic Tradition In the Catholic tradition today fundamental theology is regarded as an independent theological discipline (Theology: IV) which is concerned with the fundamental discussion of God's self-revelation in Jesus Christ and its credibility within Christian practice and in the context of modern thought, and the provision of a corresponding methodological self-reflection on the discourse about God. Fundamental theology is rooted in Christian…

Anonymous Christianity

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Author(s): Jeanrond, Werner G.
[German Version] or “implicit Christianity” is a theological concept developed by K. Rahner: through God's universal act of salvation attested in the Bible, redemption and salvation are also open to those living outside the church who in all innocence have not yet heard the explicit message of the gospel. From the perspective of a christologically informed ant…


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Author(s): Terrin, Aldo Natale | Dohmen, Christoph | Schunack, Gerd | Figal, Günter | Jeanrond, Werner G. | Et al.
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament – IV. Philosophy – V. Fundamental Theology – VI. Ethics – VII. Practical Theology – VIII. Cultural History I. Religious Studies The classical questions of hermeneutics concern the problems of understanding within a historical context that includes both what is to be interpreted and the one who is interpreting. The latter's horizon of understanding is effective as pre-understanding in dealing with documents of the past, whose history of influen…