The most interesting are those which indicate both how Victorinus, while still a pagan, was ripe for conversion, and how once Christian he was able to profess a `spiritual' Christianity which though unambiguously Christocentric
(hence again his hostility to Judaism and Arianism), seemed to see the turning of the soul (in a manner held and then repudiated by Augustine) as the turning away from matter to spirit, that is, to the intelligible world.
The title of Part I of Robra's study names the overall subject: "Ecumenical Social Ethics Amidst Paradigm Shifts." In this case, "ecumenical" means the World Council of Churches' journey of the last three decades, and the paradign shift is from a Christocentric
universalism centred in the human world as the moral universe to a life-centred ethic of the whole community of life as grounded in trinitarian theology.
"There is no question but that many women are not only dubious about Christocentric
theology, but there are also many who are bored by it.
The remaining essays cover subjects including Bonaventure's theological and philosophical method, his work as a biblical exegete, his trinitarian theology, his Christology in the Breviloquium, his angelology, sacramental theology, Christocentric
spirituality, preaching, and his legacy as minister general and defender of mendicant religious life.
They not only open a window on how Moravians translated their heart religion and Christocentric
missionary ideal in an American setting but also display the full range and complexity of reactions of Native Americans to Europeans: from self-conscious adaptation and pragmatic cooperation to nativistic reaction and opposition.
Chazelle offers a useful synopsis of the Opus Caroli regis, now attributed to Theodulf of Orleans, from the perspective of its "theological 'logic,' its Christocentric
foundation and the function it assigns to the Crucifixion." She judges it to be "the single most ambitious work of literature from Charlemagne's court, a document intended to show the Frankish king's superiority to the rulers of Byzantium on every possible level." Viewed in its own theological affirmations, however, apart from the controversial context, "it is a masterpiece of argument developing with rigid logic a vision of the relation of heaven to earth, spiritual to mundane that is representative of specifically Carolingian thinking" (40-41).
Entitled "The Body and the Liturgy," its approach is Christocentric
: "God himself has become man, become body and here, again and again, he comes through his body to us who live in the body.
Destructive egocentric li fe is transformed and becomes Christocentric
identification with the mission of God.
They attempted to form a Bible-based, practical, Christocentric
faith that transcended the divisions caused by theological positions.
Ecumenists will appreciate the strong christocentric
and warm devotional innocence upheld in the Moravian tradition.
He is not wildly speculative but remains conservative and Christocentric
(5) In A New Testament Church in Its Relation to the Needs and Tendencies of the Age, Clifford articulated the base for his Christocentric