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Title: Perichoresis and the Faith That Personalizes
Subtitle: According to Jean Mouroux
Author(s): CONNOLLY, T.G.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 62 Issue: 4 Date: December 1986
Twenty years ago in a later edition of his richy rewarding little book on the concrete structure of faith Jean Mouroux rejoiced in the Postface that it had become a commonplace to speak of faith as personal encounter. Acceptance of this perspective is attributable in no small part to his own recovery of the interpersonal character of faith from the perennial tradition preserved in scripture and medieval theologians like Thomas and Bonaventure. Beginning with World War II, Mouroux's interpretation of faith attracted attention in both Catholic and Protestant circles. It constituted a response to the critcisms of the propositional, conceptualistic paortayal of faith that circulated in the neo-scholastic manual tradition well into the twentieth century. In the following pages we shall seek to retrieve the sources of Mouroux's personalism in faith and trace the pattern structuring its theological elaboration. Access to considerable unpublished material here provides the basis for a priviliged perspective in pursuing this task. At the seminary where he taught for some thirty-five years the writer discovered among Mouroux's papers the notes used for several of his courses in theology. They reflect aspects of his approach to theology that are not as noticeable in books and articles.