The Second Vatican Council on Other Religions

Paperback | January 4, 2015

byGerald OCollins

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Many observers greeted the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) as the most important religious event in the twentieth century. Its implementation and impact are still being felt in the Catholic Church, the wider Christian world, and beyond. One sea change that Vatican II brought concerned RomanCatholic attitudes towards Judaism, Islam, and other religions. Gerald O'Collins breaks fresh ground by examining in detail five documents from the Council which embodied a new mind set about other religious faiths and mandated changes that quickly led to international and national dialogues betweenthe Catholic Church and the followers of non-Christian religions. The book also includes chapters on the insights that prepared the way for the re-thinking expressed by Vatican II, and on the follow-up to the Council's teaching found in the work of Pope John Paul II and Jacques Dupuis. O'Collins ably illustrates how the Council made a startling advance in officialCatholic teaching about followers of other living faiths. Carefully researched, the book is written in the clear, accessible style that readers of previous works by O'Collins will recognize.

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Many observers greeted the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) as the most important religious event in the twentieth century. Its implementation and impact are still being felt in the Catholic Church, the wider Christian world, and beyond. One sea change that Vatican II brought concerned RomanCatholic attitudes towards Judaism, Islam, an...

Australian-born Gerald O'Collins, SJ, AC, took his PhD at the University of Cambridge and taught at the Gregorian University (Rome) from 1973 to 2006, where he was also Dean of the Faculty of Theology (1985-91). He has written or co-written sixty published books (including Rethinking Fundamental Theology, Jesus Our Priest, and Salvatio...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.5 inPublished:January 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198709765

ISBN - 13:9780198709763

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Table of Contents

1. From the New Testament to the Middle Ages2. From Gregory VII to the Twentieth Century3. Sacrosanctum Concilium and Lumen Gentium on the Religious Others4. Nostra Aetate on Other Religions5. Ad Gentes on Other Religions6. The Contribution of Gaudium et Spes7. Putting It Together8. John Paul II on Other Religions9. Jacques Dupuis s Contribution to Interreligious Dialogue10. Final Perspectives

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"[F]ills a void. Those interested in studying and teaching Vatican II are indebted to O'Collins for providing such an important and needed resource." --Kristin Colberg, Heythrop Journal