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Title: L'élaboration de la doctrine sur la liberté religieuse et de l'enseignement conciliaire sur l'Église dans le monde de ce temps
Author(s): ROUTHIER, Gilles
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 82    Issue: 4   Date: December 2006   
Pages: 333-371
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.82.4.2018918

Abstract :
More than any other general councils of the West in the second millennium, the second Vatican Council could be considered as «ecumenical» for, as never before, bishops from all over the world (the oikuménè) took part in the counciliar assembly. This assembly was an expression of the great variety of social and cultural experiences existing in the world. From today’s perspective, the counciliar debate could be considered as an example of how interact experience and a particular religious tradition, doctrine and praxis, faith and society, faith and culture. This article examines the place and role of historicism, particularism and contextualism in the determination of truth. It also considers how the claim of ‘universality’ of a truth relates to the particular and to the contextual. It is done through the analysis of two counciliar debates: the religious liberty and the Church in the modern World.

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