The substance of the complaints centered on Christology: the congregation found Sobrino's teaching inadequate regarding the divinity of Jesus Christ, the Incarnation of the Son of God, Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God, the self'Consciousness of Jesus, and the salvific value of Jesus' death. If criticism and debate are not only inevitable but in fact positive elements of Christological discussion within the church-and I believe they are, whether among theologians as teachers or between theologians and the magisterium-then perhaps the character of such exchanges would be improved if all parties observed some straightforward rules: (1) Begin with the premise of good faith and reasonable intelligence among all participants; (2) recognize the legitimate diversity of discourses for thinking and speaking about Christ and learn something about the internal logic of those discourses; (3) stay within the boundaries of the discourse one has chosen, and announce when another discourse is engaged; and (4) don't commit the fallacy of epistemological imperialism by seeking to nullify another discourse from within one's own, but rather recognize and respect the several discourses of Scripture and of tradition as distinct and requiring equally energetic engagement and exegesis.
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