"God has left us abandoned in time. God and humanity are like two lovers who have missed their rendezvous. Each is there before the time, but each at a different place, and they wait and wait and wait. He stands motionless, nailed to the spot for the whole of time. She is distraught and impatient. But alas for her if she gets tired and goes away. The crucifixion of Christ is the image of the fixity of God. God is attention without distraction. One must imitate the patience and humility of God." (Simone Weil, "The Fathers Silence" in The Simone Weil Reader, edited by George A Panichas, David McKay Company, 1977, 424-25)

Course: Christology - The Divine and Divisive Christ

Denis Minns OP
JDenis Minns
Starts Thursday 5 Nov
This four part course titled The Divine and Divisive Christ examines the theological foundations of the bitter disputes about the humanity and divinity of Jesus that arose in the early Church and continue to divide Christian communities to the present day.
One of the very positive developments during the 20th century was the re-discovery of the early literature of the Church. This gave birth to the movement that is known as Ressourcement.  Ressourcement involves a fresh reading of the early Christian creeds and it gives us a richer appreciation of what is central to our faith.

The new vision we see beginning to emerge at the Second Vatican Council owes much to this movement.
This course will consider the clash between competing visions of the Church, its apostolate and its theology in the decades before the Second Vatican Council. It will deal with the work of theologians such as Henri De Lubac, Marie Dominique Chenu and Yves Congar and the opposition they encountered, both within their own religious orders (Jesuit and Dominican), and from the Vatican of Pius XII.
Denis Minns is a Dominican friar, former lecturer at Oxford where he lectured in history and doctrine of the early Church. He specialises in the theology of the second century. He is co-author of the Apologies of Justin Martyr (2009) and translator of YvesCongar’s Journal of the Council (2012). He has recently revised his book Irenaeus (1994). 

Presenter: Denis Minns OP
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Four Thursday mornings, 10am - 12noon, November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2020
Cost: $150/person (including notes)
Nobody will be turned away simply because they cannot afford to pay. Offer a donation if you cannot pay the full registration fee.
For further information please telephone 02 9247 4651 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available.


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