by T. R. LeCroy,[1] Saint Louis University

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Introduction

From 1402-1415 Jan Hus served as the face of the Bohemian reform movement, a movement that began before his time and would continue after his death.[2] The dozen years, from the time of his installation as rector of Bethlehem Chapel (Betlemská Kaple) until his death at Constance, may seem a short time for a career to have such a great impact; but many other factors also coincided with Hus’ ministry to make this a formative time in the history of the Czech nation and the church at large. While there are many directions that an exploration of Hus’ life and ministry could take, this paper will focus on the developments in liturgical practice that Hus effected through his ministry at Bethlehem Chapel in Prague, and will emphasize that Hus was indeed a leader in the liturgical arm of the Prague reform.
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by C. Michael Shea, Saint Louis University

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The goal of this paper will be to explore the possibilities which Balthasar’s theological aesthetics presents for scriptural hermeneutics. One of the central issues with which any Christian theology must contend is that of the interpretation and use of the Word of God. This is undoubtedly important, for different ways of approaching the Bible lead to different conclusions on issues extending to all aspects of Christian life. If we consider the problem in connection to our own academic context, disparities in method regarding scripture have amounted to fields which have drifted apart, such that the systematic theologian, the ethicist and the exegete can only critique one another in a limited manner, if at all.

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