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Dr. Yuri Koszarycz has just announced the 3rd Edition of Australian Catholic University's E Journal, Theology@McAuley. I forward his e-mail here, which makes for as good a book review as one could write.

Greetings Everyone,

As an ORIENTATION Week 2003 initiative, the School of Theology at McAuley
Campus proudly announces the launch of the third edition - the Banyo Edition - of its EJournal, Theology@McAuley . It may be seen on this URL:

http://www.mcauley.acu.edu.au/...gy/Issue3/index.html

The Journal contains a variety of interesting articles - and I quote from
the Editorial:

We live in an age where Christian faith and theology require a renewed
imagination and a different kind of intelligence. This issue is explored in
a variety of ways by contributors to this, our third, edition of
Theology@McAuley.

Professor Tony Kelly describes the task in terms of "Faith Seeking
Fantasy." He derives his inspiration from the fairy stories of J. R.
Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings. Bet Green is inspired by a recent
pilgrimage to the ancient Celtic burial ground in Ireland's Newgrange. The
immediacy of her experience is captured in word and photography. For those
who prefer to make their pilgrimages with internet ease and speed, Ian
Elmer's "Armchair Pilgrim Guide to Online Shrines" will provoke a world of
imaginative possibilities available through your computer screen. Then
there's Greg Smith's "Holy Spirit of Larrikinism" which finds its
inspiration in the "sacred irreverence" of Australian poetic images.

Other contributors seek imaginative and intellectual renewal in the sources
of the classical tradition ranging from Plato (Dr Stuart Weierter) and St
Paul (Pauline Guthrie) to patristic figures Origen (Professor Charles
Kannengiesser) and Severus of Antioch (Professor Pauline Allen). Dr Drasko
Dizdar delves into the eremetical tradition as a way of responding to the
contemporary "Search for meaning and desire for God." Likewise, biblical,
patristic and medieval sources are imaginatively and intelligently explored
for fresh interpretations of Christian salvation (Dr Damien Casey) and
revelation (Robin Ryan).

Regular presenter on Christian-Hindu dialogue, Dr John Dupuche, explores
issues of relationship and identity between Christ and Shiva. The
interfaith theme is further developed by Dr Gerard Hall with respect to
Catholic Church teaching on other religions since Vatican II. Dr David
Pascoe in his "Ecclesiological Revision of Vatican II" explores the
Church's mission with an ecumenical sensibility and challenge.

The feature article of Professor Terence Lovat challenges readers to
reflect on what he calls the "moderately post-scientific" world in which we
live. He characterizes such a world in terms of combining a mixed set of
beliefs in scientific processes, moral principles and mystical knowledge.
While ethical frameworks differ, Professor Lovat provides an erudite
account of "proportionism" as an authentic Christian response to bioethical
issues confronting today's society.

Closer to home and in the realm of practical theology, Tony Harkness
explores creative and tensive issues relating to authenticity and
inclusiveness in Catholic Education. Michael G. Michael provides poems and
reflections that remind us of the importance of the imagination for
Christian faith and life. Finally, returning to the Australian larrikin
tradition, there is laugher, satire and humour to cool the mind and refresh
the soul.

This edition of Theology@McAuley comes from our new home at Banyo (pictured
for you at the top of this Editorial). For this reason, it is pleasing that
our contributors include Dr David Pascoe of St Paul's Theological College
with whom we share location, library, fidelity to the Catholic tradition
and creative exploration of the Christian mind and imagination for the
twenty-first century....

There is so much to view, read, think about, and digest. I commend the
journal to you.

With Best wishes for the 2003 Academic Year,

Yuri Koszarycz
 
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