Historical-eschatological ecclesiology for postmodernity. Paradigm shift in the postmodernist approach to history and hermeneutics

Adolfo Galeano Atehortúa


The significant ecclesiological change experienced today, which was caused by the Second Vatican Council and the transition from modernity to postmodernity, has had as consequence the emergence of a plurality of ecclesiologies. By means of a presentation of the thought inspired by John Henry Newman, Henri de Lubac’s Nouvelle Théologie, the evolutionary thought of Teilhard de Chardin, the historical theology, and the theology of science; the article aims to explain how the Second Vatican Council made possible the emergence of a new ecclesiological paradigm by locating the Church within time and history. Likewise, by transcending the static characterization of Church as a perfect society, the static scholastic point of view was abandoned and the salvationalhistorical one assumed, which is typical within the Bible and the Hebrew thought.


Nouvelle Théologie [New Theology]; Eschatology; Ecclesiogenesis; Neo-Scholasticism; Theology of Science

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18566/cueteo.v44n102.a08