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Gerald O'Collins' Understanding of Symbols, Experience and Divine Revelation

Gerald O'Collins' Understanding of Symbols, Experience and Divine Revelation

Considering that the divine revelation always takes place in the form of symbols and within human experience, I also study O’Collins’ understanding of symbols and experience, and their relationship with the divine revelation.

How can we access the reality of revelation when both symbols and experience are historically, socially,and religiously conditioned and limited? What is the role of symbols in both the communication of the divine revelation by God and its experience by human beings?

ECTS Credits: 3

Professor: Dr. Tam Nguyen

Table of contents

CHAPTER I    INTRODUCTION

1. Statement of the Problem

2. Objective of the Course

3. Scope of the Course

4. Significance of the Study

5. Survey of Related Literature

6. Definition of Terms 

7. Division of the Course

CHAPTER II O’COLLINS’ UNDERSTANDING OF SYMBOLS AND EXPERIENCE

1. Definition of Symbol

2. The Distinction between the Symbol and the Symbolized

3. The Distinction between Signs and Symbols

4. Historical and Revelatory Character of Symbols 

5. The Subject of Experience 

6. The Experience Itself

7. The “Aftermath or Consequences” of Experience 

8. Religious Experience 

9. Concluding Remarks

CHAPTER III O’ COLLINS’ UNDERSTANDING OF THE DIVINE REVELATION

1. Revelation: Propositional or Interpersonal?

2. Revelation Is Both Informative and Effective

3. Revelation within Human Experience

4. Means and Mediators of Revelation 

5. Divine Revelation before Jesus Christ, with Jesus Christ, and after Jesus Christ 

6. Revelation and Scriptures 

7. Revelation, Scriptures and Tradition 

8. Revelation and Faith 

9. Concluding Remarks

CHAPTER IV O’COLLINS’ UNDERSTANDING OF SYMBOLS, EXPERIENCE AND REVELATION A THEOLOGICAL BASIS FOR THE THEOLOGY OF RELIGIONS IN TH E CASE OF JACQUES DUPUIS

1. History as the History of Salvation 

2. God’s Presence in History 

3. Non - Christian Religions in the Divine Economy of Revelation and Salvation

4. Concluding Remarks

CHAPTER V CONCLUSION