Mary, the First Theologian

No theologian should have the temerity to rewrite revelation. It can’t be edited for two reasons. First, because we confess that revelation is divine in origin. The creature cannot correct the creator. Secondly, revelation can’t be redrafted because revelation is more than a text. It’s the living presence of God in the community that we call the Church. Indeed there would be no written text without the Church, ceaseless pondering in her heart the meaning of Emmanuel, God among us.


No theologian should have the temerity to rewrite revelation, but all good theologians reset it. One “resets” revelation by changing the community’s avenue of approach. This is done by asking new questions, bringing revelation to dialogue with new partners, or enlarging our understanding of the original reception of revelation.


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