Friday 10 July 2015

The disadvantage of experience

Just opened Michael Paul Gallagher's book, Mappe della Fede, on 10 contemporary theologians. As I expected, there is an English original, which unfortunately I don't have. In the end, a translation is a translation, and not always felicitous. But a few things that G was saying in the Introduction struck me anyway. That he came to the Greg as a theology teacher with a long background of literature in public universities; he found this at first as a disadvantage, because he knew much less theology, or he was far less familiar with the theological literature, than his colleagues. But soon he learnt that it could work to his advantage: his familiarity with literature and with generations of young people gave him a completely different approach to theology, one that made more use of the imagination.

G gave a talk, a very brilliant one, at the International Lonergan Conference organized by Whelan and co. at the Greg a couple of years ago. He is probably well worth reading.

and then his words echo for me: I find myself not familiar with the Salesian and formation literature, but long years of contact and listening to young salesians - could that not be a precious reserve of experience from which to learn? - To find a way of learning.


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