Tuesday 5 January 2010

Edward Schillebeeckx and Mary Daly, RIP

In case you missed the news, two of the most Catholic church's most restless and controversial figures have passed away: the influential post-Christian feminist thinker Mary Daly died on 3 January, and the great Dominican theologian Edward Schillebeeckx died on 23 December.

I guess it would be fair to say that, before his death, Schillebeeckx was the world's greatest living theologian, the last remaining figure of a generation of gigantic thinkers (we had a post here a couple months back to mark his 95th birthday). With his death, a whole theological generation has now passed away.


adhunt said...

There is still Kung and the Holy Father, but yeah, what a supreme thinker.

Anonymous said...

The theologian I am most impressed with at the moment is the fairly young Robert Barron. With his big Catholicism project nearing its completion plus a book accompanying it, expect to see a lot more of him during this new decade.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure by what criteria you esteem Schillebeeckx "the world's greatest living theologian," but I don't agree. However, I did enjoy some of his creativity, once he wrote a sermon on Jonah, and suggested that the whale was the name of a pub! :-)

Anonymous said...

@DimLamp, Schillebeeckx was certainly one of the greatest living theologians prior to his death, and perhaps you could provide us with your criteria-but under just about any criteria, he was grand and great as a theologian, and I for one, as a Protestant Christian miss him.

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