Nostra Aetate: Where It Has Taken Us; Where We Still Need to Go
Nostra Aetate generated what scholars like Gregory Baum have termed a radical shift in Catholicism’s teachings regarding the Jews and other non-Christian religious communities. The document produces a new template for the Catholic Church’s outlook on other religious traditions. On the theological level Nostra Aetate has inspired a new theological vision of Christianity’s links to other religious traditions, Judaism in particular. But in recent years this theological quest has somewhat subsided even though in the field of biblical studies we have seen considerable advancement. This chapter charts some major developments in Jewish-Christian dialogue and identifies theological areas, especially Christology, where the integration of developments in the Jewish-Christian relationship still must bear fruit in contemporary reflection within the Church.