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Models of Revelation

Dulles, A.

 Dulles discusses the modern objections to revelation, but presents a set of types of revelation specifically adapted to the 20th century theology of revelation. He believes that contemporary systems can be divided into 5 major classes according to their central vision of how and where revelation occurs. The 5 types of revelation discussed in detail are revelation as doctrine, as history, as inner experience, as dialectical presence, and as new awareness. In the last part of the book he discusses the concept of revelation as symbolic disclosure. "According to this approach, revelation never occurs in a purely interior experience or an unmediated encounter with God. It is always mediated through symbol—that is to say, through an externally perceived sign that works mysteriously on the human consciousness so as to suggest more than it can clearly describe or define. Revelatory symbols are those which express and mediate God's self-communication" (p. 131). - DT
Publisher Information:Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1983
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