Vol 3, No 1, 2004

One Theologian's Personal Journey

John Thornhill

Abstract

John Thornhill here reflects on his personal and professional journey as a theologian. He recognises that the faith from which theology springs is concerned ultimately with reality, rather than doctrinal formulae, as its object. He recounts the changes in Catholicism and the world in the twentieth century as formative of his own theological vision. From his reflections, he sees the need for the present day church to open the treasures of its tradition and allow them to fuse with the vision of Vatican II for the benefit of non-academic believers.