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Who do you think are best living theologians?

Besides the Holy Father, Aidan Nichols and Betrand de Margerie come to mind.

Anyone else?

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What were the three major additions to the knowledge of theology in the twentieth century? By whom?


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Yoga wrote:
What were the three major additions to the knowledge of theology in the twentieth century? By whom?


Is this a multiple choice question?

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Max Majestic wrote:
Yoga wrote:
What were the three major additions to the knowledge of theology in the twentieth century? By whom?


Is this a multiple choice question?


It's OK to just provide one of the three.


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a) yes
b) no
c) both (a) and (b)
d) neither (a) nor (b)

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I would have to say one of the best in the last century (not living, sorry :( )...would be Fr. William Most...and probably F.J. Sheed.

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I have read exactly zero of his work, but how about Scott Hahn?


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I'm not anti-Hahn, but I don't think he ranks in the top rank. As a popularizer (which I do not consider an insult), he's right up there.

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I'm not anti-Hahn, but I don't think he ranks in the top rank. As a popularizer (which I do not consider an insult), he's right up there.


Again, I have not read any of Hahn's work. Your comment raises an interesting question, however:

Does "greatness" in theology come from blazing new ground or from the ability to explain/summarize/popularize etc., Church teaching?


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Thats a good question David. While not the only criteria, I tend to think of someone who will be read after this generation, someone with a depth of knowledge, someone faithful to the Church, someone insightful, etc.

It does seem that there aren't many theologians around today that one might call great.

Benedict Ashley comes to mind as a pretty good theologian as well, although I didn't agree with him on a few things.

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I consider Hahn to be a good theologian, yes..but I think his expertise actually lies more in Scripture studies?

Haven't read Fr. Don Sanvido, is there a site listed for him?

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I consider Hahn to be a good theologian, yes..but I think his expertise actually lies more in Scripture studies?

Haven't read Fr. Don Sanvido, is there a site listed for him?


Father Sanvido is a personal friend of Pax's. I don't think that he has a website but I could be wrong.

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Scripture study is a department of theology, or maybe even the other way around.

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Anybody have a position on Father Hardon? I always enjoy Father Pacwa (not sure if he's a theologian or not), especially regarding the sacrificial elements of the Mass.

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Anybody have a position on Father Hardon? I always enjoy Father Pacwa (not sure if he's a theologian or not), especially regarding the sacrificial elements of the Mass.


I like Fr. Hardon, but he is not living. Fr. Pacwa would better be described as a Scriptual scholar (his specialty is the Old Testament). Granted, as an educator and a priest, his breadth of knowledge is wide.


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Is theology limited to passing its body of knowledge from one generation to another with commentary by each generation, or does it add to the body of knowledge?


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