Review: Sacraments: Revelation of the Humanity of God: Engaging the Fundamental Theology of Louis-Marie Chauvet

Sacraments: Revelation of the Humanity of God: Engaging the Fundamental Theology of Louis-Marie ChauvetSacraments: Revelation of the Humanity of God: Engaging the Fundamental Theology of Louis-Marie Chauvet by Philippe Bordeyne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Those who have read anything by Louis-Marie Chauvet know just how insightful and influential his thinking has been in the area of liturgical and sacramental theology – and other fields of the theological sciences.

This book, a collection of essays written by some of the finest sacramental theologians in Europe and the United States, explores and opens the riches of Chauvet’s contribution to theology, exploring a range of themes and areas of that work in order to expose the English-speaking world (Chauvet being a Frenchman as his name might suggest) to the complexity and power of arguably one of the finest sacramental theologians of the contemporary church.

In ways that are similar to Chauvet – one might argue deliberately so to render due honour to his work – these essays are not always easy to read and grasp, but persistence and perseverance make the task a worthwhile exercise for those truly interested in Chauvet’s work, or in sacramental and liturgical theology.

From the back cover:

This volume is a first-ever companion to the intellectually and pastorally stimulating work of Louis-Marie Chauvet, one of the most important systematic theologians of liturgy and sacraments in recent times. In this transatlantic venture, pairs of leading thinkers continue the development of sacramental-liturgical theology along six lines of Chauvet’s thought: fundamental theology, Scripture and sacrament, ecclesiology, liturgy and ethics, theology and the social sciences, and the theological anthropology of symbolism. Embracing his constant attention to faith’s actual practice in history, these francophone and anglophone authors test numerous of Chauvet’s insights in the face of new challenges for the church and world, the ongoing mediation of the “humanity of God” revealed in the crucified and risen Christ.

Louis-Marie Chauvet retired in 2008 from the faculty of theology at the Institut Catholique de Paris, while continuing his work as pastor of Saint-Leu-la-Foret in the Diocese of Pontoise, just outside Paris. He is author of Symbol and Sacrament: A Sacramental Reinterpretation of Christian Existence and The Sacraments: The Word of God at the Mercy of the Body, both published by Liturgical Press.

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