on the Teaching
by Ladislas Örsy, SJ
From his book The Church: Learning and Teaching, Michael Glazier 1987; here republished with the necessary permissions.
Barzun, Jacques. The House of Intellect. New York: Harper & Row, 1959.
A critical examination of the intellectual standards of our society and of our universities; neither comes out very well. Witty and insightful.
Bok, Derek. Higher Learning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1986.
A description of the American higher educational system and a discussion of its problems by the President of Harvard.
Castelli, Enrico, ed. L infallibilité son aspect philosophique et théologique. Paris: Aubier, 1970.
The acts of a congress held in Rome in 1970; the papers presented by 37 authors consider infallibility from many points of view epistemological, psychological, religious, dogmatic, etc. They cover much more than the Catholic dogma.
Chirico, Peter. Infallibility. The Crossroads of Doctrine. Wilmington, DE: Glazier, 1985.
A reflective work; the author presents an original understanding of infallibility mainly on the basis of Lonergans epistemology.
Congar, Yves. Vrai et fausse réforme dans l Eglise. Second ed. revised and corrected. Paris: Cerf, 1968.
A classic in theological wisdom literature. This edition contains a new Preface and a Postface, also an Appendix on Responsabilité collective and another on Fidelité.
Congar, Yves. History of Theology. Translated from the French. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1986.
A history of the science of theology.
Dulles, Avery. Models of Revelation. Garden City, NY Image Books, 1985.
In the first part of the book five models are described and examined: Revelation as Doctrine, History, Inner Experience, Dialectical Presence and New Awareness; in the second part the author gives his own systematic explanation of revelation as the self manifestation of God through a form of communication that could be termed, at least in a broad sense, symbolic (p. 266).
Faivre, Alexandre. Les laics aux origines de lÉglise. Paris: Le Centurion, 1984.
In the first five centuries lay persons not only served in important offices in the church but were able to shape its life in many ways. The author reflects on our problems today and asks what can we do to recover the best of our ancient traditions.
Faivre, Alexandre. Naissance dune hiérarchie. Paris: Beauchesne, 1977.
A detailed and thorough historical account of the emergence of the distinction between clergy and laity from the beginnings to the times of Pope Gregory the Great. It contains a most helpful classified bibliography.
Fransen, Piet F. Hermeneutics of the Councils and Other Studies. Leuven: University Press, 1985.
A collection of ground-breaking essays; some are particularly enlightening about the interpretation of the Tridentine decrees.
Granfield, Patrick. The Limits of the Papacy Authority and Autonomy in the Church. New York: Crossroad, 1987.
The main themes of this book are: the development of the papal office, its possible limitations, the balance between the head and the members in the episcopal college, the relationship between the church of Rome and the local churches, the reception of papal teaching by the faithful, the papacy and the ecumenical movement. A historically well-grounded study with thoughtful and nuanced conclusions.
Gustafson,.James M. Treasure in Earthen Vessels The Church as a Human Community. Midway Reprint. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976.
A professor of Christian ethics reflects, in the form of a long essay, on the humanity of the church.
Hassel, David, J. City of Wisdom. A Christian Vision of the American University. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1 983.
A rather comprehensive work in two parts: The University Takes Stock of Itself, and The University Looks to Its Powers. It is well informed; on the issue of the Catholic university it presents well an ideal (or ideal models); at times one wonders how much the author is aware of many real problems (e.g., state interference; inability to assume responsibility for a religiously oriented climate among the students; declining financial resources, etc.).
Hertling, Ludwig. Communio. Church and Papacy in Early Christianity. Translated from the German (ed. 1962). Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1972.
A small study of exceptional and lasting value on the position of the See of Rome in the early church.
Kaplin, William A. Tbe Law of Higher Education. A Comprehensive Guide to Legal Implications of Administrative Decision Making. Second ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1985.
A comprehensive manual (or reference book) of the laws of higher education (federal and state) in the United States, conceived for administrators but equally useful for trustees, faculty, students and members of accrediting agencies who are interested in the legal aspects of college or university life.
Lagrange, M.-J. Père Lagrange. Personal Reflections and Memoirs. New York: Paulist Press, 1985. Translation from the French.
A most instructive reading about the struggles with the teaching office of a pioneer in modern Catholic biblical scholarship.
Leff, Gordon. Paris and Oxford Universities in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries. New York: Wiley, 1968.
A history of the two universities, describing their origins, structures, and giving much space to their intellectual development and influence.
Mühlen, Heribert. Una mystica persona. Eine Person in vielen Personen. Second revised ed. Paderborn Ferdinand Schöningh, 1967.
One of the finest works to appear after Vatican Council II on the theology of the church; unfortunately little known in the English-speaking countries. It is available also in French translation.
Newman, John Henry. An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine. Reprint. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1960.
This is the work that for the first time gave an intelligent explanation of the development of doctrine in the Christian church. It has remained a classic; it had a strong impact on Vatican Council II, especially on the Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei verbum.
Newman, John Henry, The Idea of a University. Reprint. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1959.
The idea that Newman was never allowed to put into practice. An ideal that remained an inspiration but was never fully incarnated in any university.
Page, Jean-Guy. Qui est l Église? 3 vols. Montreal: Editions Bellarmin, 1977, 1979, 1979.
Although the author describes his work as a textbook for students and pastors, it is much more. It is a comprehensive treatise and a rich encyclopedia of ecclesiology, with abundant bibliographical references.
Pelikan, Jaroslav. The Christian Tradition A History of the Development of Doctrine. 5 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1971, 1974, 1978, 1984, 5th volume to be published.
A reflective history of how revelation was perceived by Christians in different ages; written from a great store of knowledge. Definitely not a first book either in historical or systematic theology.
Söll, Georg. Dogma und Dogmenentwicklung. Handbuch der Dogmengeschichte, Band 1, Faszikel 5. Freiburg/BR: Herder, 1971.
The most up-to-date and comprehensive work on the history of the problem of the development of dogma.
Sullivan, Francis A. Magisterium. Teaching Authority in the Catholic Church. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1983.
An explanation of the meaning of magisterium, a presentation of contemporary problems in a historical framework. A book written by a scholar for the public at large.
Thorndike, Linn. University Records and Life in the Middle Ages. Reprint. New York: Norton, 1973.
A collection of records kept by great medieval universitites such as Paris, Bologna, Heidelberg and others. A most interesting first-hand documentation about every facet of the life of the students and teachers.
Tillard, J-M.R. The Bishop of Rome. Translation from the French. Wilmington, DE: Glazier, 1983.
Highly informative, especially from a historical point of view.
Tillard, J-M.R. Eglise d églises L ecclésiologie de communion. Paris: Cerf, 1987.
A historical and systematic treatise on the church, with all traditional themes present but presented and considered under the aspect of communio. A work of great erudition and of strong ecumenical inspiration.
Walgrave, lan. Unfolding Revelation The Nature of Doctrinal Development. Translation from the Dutch. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1972.
The best work available in English on the development of doctrine. A rich historical survey leads up to systematic discussions; the authors own conclusions are inspired by Newman.
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