Title

A CRITIQUE OF ROGER HAIGHT’S PRESENTATION OF JESUS IN “JESUS SYMBOL OF GOD”

Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts major in Theological Studies

Department

Theology

First Advisor

Fr. Manuel V. Francisco, SJ

Abstract

This study critiques Roger Haight’s attempt at re-presenting Jesus, according to his perceived sensibilities of the post-modern milieu, where he presents Jesus as “Symbol of God” and as such gained the attention of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). As the Vatican office in charge of overseeing, promulgating, and defending Church Doctrine, the CDF issued a Notificatio citing what it regards as erroneous vis-à-vis the official Church Teaching. Thus, this critique is founded on the Notification issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Such a critique necessitates investigation into the official Church doctrine, as proclaimed by the Church in the Professio Fidei, the profession of faith from the Councils of Nicaea and Constantinople. This official doctrine has been expounded by later official pronouncements by the Church. This work refers, in particular, to Dominus Iesus, a document contemporary to Haight’s work, issued by the CDF reiterating Church Doctrine on Jesus Christ in the Post-modern milieu. This study concludes that Haight’s presents a different Jesus, than that of the Christian Faith, and is thus rightly deemed erroneous.

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