Saturday, August 19, 2006

Bevans explains Constants in Context

Stephen Bevans, SVD of the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago) presented his recent book on missiology, Constants in Context (Orbis, 2004; Claretian, 2005) which he co-authored with Roger P. Schroeder, SVD on 9 August 2006 before the academic community of the Divine Word Seminary.

Bevans, who is also the Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD professor of mission and culture, explains that the book is a fruit of a ten-year research and aims at articulating the interaction between certain constants in theology (Christology, ecclesiology, eschatology, soteriology, anthropology, and culture) and their historical contexts.
Bevans stresses a point in the
full-packed Aula Magna

This is what Wilbert R. Shenk, professor of mission history and contemporary culture at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California) says in his review of the book (International Bulletin of Missionary Research 29 (2005), p. 98:
In contrast to David Bosch's use of historical paradigms in Transforming Mission (1991), which suggested that each new paradigms displaces the previous one, the typology used here demonstrates the interplay between continuity and variety accross time.

Groups and movements that have been ignored in theologies and histories of the Christian mission are recognized here. What has been regarded as a minority or marginal voice in one period can emerge later as representatives of a new consensus.


Mike Layugan (Dean), Steve Bevans and Fred Saniel (Rector)
after Bevans' presentation


Bevans and R. Schroeder were here as resource speakers for a two-week missiological workshop of the SVD missiologists in the Asia Pacific region (30 July - 12 Aug 2006) organized by the missiological office of Prof. Leonardo Mercado, SVD. Twenty-three SVDs and eleven observers came for this workshop held at the Arnoldus Janssen Zentrum inside the compound of the Divine Word Seminary.
Missiologists enjoy a welcome dinner
hosted by the SVD scholastics

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