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Journal: Jurnal Ledalero (Vol.16, No. 1)

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Page : 74-88

Keywords : Theologians; saints; holiness; mysticism; symbolic;

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This study explores the nature of “The theology of the saints” and its contribution to theological inquiry today. John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter, Novo Millennio Ineunte (2001) officially applied the term “lived theology” to the lives of the saints. This kind of theology, known as scientia amoris (knowledge of faith through an experience of love), is not in opposition to classical theological reflection as scientia fidei (knowledge of faith through reason). Regarding the formulation of ideas, on one side, the mystic saints usually express their “lived theology” through the language of symbols or metaphor. In this way, they enrich scientific and technical theological expressions in classical theology. Finally, the theology of saints can also help to inspire our way of doing theology. The point is, theological research should count on lived experience as its strating point rather than abstractions about God.

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