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Mystery and Promise: A Theological Revelation.

Franciscan Fr. Zachary Hayes teaches at Catholic Theological in Chicago.

John F. Haught has written the book I have been waiting for since I first attempted to teach a course on revelation with little more than Dei verbum of Vatican II in my hand. Mystery and Promise: A Theology of Revelation (Liturgical Press, $14.950 is a penetrating study of the experiential basis of Christian religious claims. Haught carries out his task in the light of textual criticism, historical consciousness, personalist philosophies and contemporary scientific cosmology.

Echoing the theological developments since the mid-1960s that have focused on the experience of promise as basic to the historical-prophetic tradition of the scriptures, Haught highlights this and makes it central to his analysis of revelation. The history of revelation, then, appears as the growing awareness and articulation of the self-gift of God to humanity and to creation as a whole.

Of particular significance is the treatment of the way in which this mystery is embodied in the the of Jesus, especially in the crucifixion, which becomes the source from which Christians derive the light in which they interpret the meaning of their personal experience, of history and of cosmic reality. Readers familiar with recent discussions about the alleged conflicts between cosmic revelation and the historical revelation of the Judeo-Christian tradition will find this a refreshing book.
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Author:Hayes, Zachary
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Nov 19, 1993
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