Current Issue 1/2021

In the new issue Verba Theologica (1/2021) can you find these studies:

Hugo Rahner (1900 – 1968) – the presence of his kerygmatic legacy in the Magisterium and in theology for the praxis of new evangelization. Kerygmatic-ludic theological reflection
Ľubomír HLAD
The return to the proclamation based on early Christian kerygma, encouraged by the contemporary Magisterium, makes certain demands on theology, as the whole Christian formation - not only spiritual but also theological – “consists of entering more deeply into the kerygma”. In order to say that “nothing is more solid, profound, secure, meaningful and wisdom-filled than that initial proclamation”, the proclamation must be filled with the main contents of the kerygma and at the same time must be practiced in a kerygmatic way. The central contents of the kerygma, which is “God’s saving love”, is to be communicated joyfully, with encouragement, harmonious balance, in readiness for dialogue, friendship, patience and mercy. (Cf. Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 165) What seems like a simple call for a turning point is comprehensively treated in the work of a German theologian, working mainly at the Faculty of Theology in Innsbruck, the father of the theological current “Kerygmatic Theology” – Hugo Rahner (1900 – 1968). This study is devoted to this original theological personality, but also to the presence of the main ideas of the kerygmatic movement (emphasis on proclamation) in contemporary Magisterium and theology.

Fides et corpus. Theology of the act of faith in the light of cognitive neurosciences
This article aims to deepen the interdisciplinary reflection on both the act of faith and the Christian identity. The starting point is the contribution of the Italian theologian Pierangelo Sequeri (b. 1944), who theologically analyzes the deepest human interior called by him ‘the believing consciousness’. After presenting briefly his theory I will argue that the solution to this question needs to be broadened. The call to this task comes to us from the field of cognitive neurosciences. Its findings lead us to overcome a still present hidden dualism in understanding a human being. I am here seeking to analyze the theory called embodied cognition understood as an enlarged description of human consciousness. Finally, this approach makes possible to obtain a more realistic description of the
concept of human habitus and its complexity.

Is it possible to do theology narratively? Milbank’s attempt on the Christian mythos
This study presents Slovak readers with the hitherto unknown theology of John Milbank and Radical Orthodoxy. Radical orthodoxy critically responds to postmodern philosophy and offers its vision of the Christian mythos as a way to overcome the secular mythos. This movement has already encountered many critical views - even in the Czech milieu. Therefore, the study enters into a dialogue with the existing Czech critique and offers some positives and negatives of Milbank and Radical Orthodoxy for contemporary theology.

Zechariah’s Benedictus (Luke 1,68-79): grammatical analysis and new translation
The year 2020 has seen the publication of a new Slovak translation of Luke’s Gospel, produced within an APVV project under the auspices of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Based on the most recent exegetical research on Luke, the new translation diverges from the existing Slovak translations in various, more or less significant aspects. This short contribution focuses on the text of Zechariah’s hymn in Luke 1, 68 – 79, analyzes its syntactical structure, and furnishes the grammatical and exegetical reasons for the new translation. It thus provides the reader with a sample text of the new translation and includes a comparison with selected modern translations.

Pope Francis’ four principles of social coexistence in modern times
Radovan ŠOLTÉS
This study reflects on the social teaching of Pope Francis, which is based on four principles set forth in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: time is greater than space; unity prevails over conflict; realities are more important than ideas; the whole is greater than the part. Pope Francis is convinced that the application of these principles can be a genuine path to peace in social coexistence within each nation and in the entire world. Pope Francis also urges to “slow down” and “train contemporary man to use power well”. These calls reflect the reality of today’s fast-paced and performance-driven era. Pope Francis grounds his social principles in a dialogical dimension of human nature that he derives from the Trinitarian theology. Today, in the age full of conflicts, it seems of utmost importance to apply this type of theology to ordinary spirituality. This enables us to grasp the very essence of our problems and present the reality in a Trinitarian key. In explaining Francis’ principles, the study draws on several phenomenological reflections of various authors.

Does the ancient Mar Addai and Mar Mari Anaphora contain a narration on the Institution of the Eucharist?
Tomáš HUĎA
This article offers an overview of the origin, history, and current state of the text of the anaphora of Addai and Mari, which is one of the most ancient Eucharistic prayers. It compares its structure, which was preserved in its original form by the Assyrian Church of the East and the structure in the liturgical texts of the Chaldean and Syrian-Malabar Catholic Churches. What sets them apart is the absence of a narrative institution of the Eucharist in the original text. The absence of a narrative institution is replaced by the so-called quasi-narrative resp. anamnesis and epiclesis, which refer to the events of the institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper. The absence of the narrative institution is not
a deficiency, but rather a language and a symbol by which the whole anaphora must be read as one integral and complex consecration prayer not ad litteram, but as a lex orandi of the believing community. Possible reasons for omitting the narration and the words of the institution of the Eucharist are given toward the end of this essay.