Abstracts numero 2021/2

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  • - La mise à disposition des biens de la communauté de Jérusalem et sa postérité aux trois premiers siècles du christianisme
  • The provision of the goods of the community of Jerusalem and its posterity in the first three centuries of Christianity

    This paper studies the verses of the Acts of the Apostles mentioning the specific form of sharing of goods practised in the first community of Jerusalem, in order to demonstrate its complexity and its historical value. The author expands on this study by analysing the patristic texts from the first three centuries that confirm the posterity of this form of mutual support that has often been limited to a short-lived attempt that could not have survived up to the first years of Christian predication, or to a sort of apologetic idealisation.

  • - Le ralliement du pasteur Eugène Bersier et de l’Étoile à l’Église réformée, en 1877 Analyse d’une polémique ecclésiologique
  • The rallying of Pastor Eugène Bersier and “l’Étoile” to the Reformed Church in 1877. Analysis of an ecclesiological controversy

    In November 1874, avenue de la Grande Armée in Paris, pastor Eugène Bersier (1831-1889) opens a 1 500-seat church with an innovative liturgy: a new Star (Étoile church) is born. In January 1875, Bersier resigns from his role at the Chapelle Taitbout and so quits the Free Churches. Two years later, in April 1877, the Étoile church and its two pastors join the concordatory Reformed Church of France. Then Bersier justifies his change by questioning the principle of the believers’ church and accepting realistically the contract with the State. This generates a lively polemic with the Free Churches. While showing their ecclesiastic arguments, this article aims to clarify the stages in and the reasons for Bersier’s turnabout.


  • - L’Église comme hétérotopie signifiante. Une forme ecclésiale possible pour un christianisme de la dé-coïncidence
  • The Church as a significant heterotopia. A possible ecclesial form for a Christianity of “de-coincidence”

    The French philosopher François Jullien keeps on using the concept of “de-coincidence” in his last works. This concept, of which he probed the interactions with Christianity, is extremely stimulating for theology. However, there is the question of the ecclesial translation of what a Christianity of de-coincidence would be. According to the author, the comprehension of the Church as a significant heterotopia developed by the theologian Pierre Gisel may serve as guide and stimulus.

  • - Inconscient, langage et symbolisme chez Henri Bois. I. Inconscient, subconscient et croyances
  • Unconscious, language and symbolism in Henri Bois. I. Unconscious, subconscious and beliefs

    Henri Bois’ religious psychology inherited from Pierre Janet his way of defining the notions of subconsciousness and unconsciousness. According to him, the unconsciousness refers to the fact that consciousness fails to prioritize the psychic tendencies lying in the subconsciousness. Applying these notions to religious experience, Henri Bois distinguishes two stages. The religious stage consists of the inner dialogue, located at the level of the subliminal self, between the divine Spirit and the human spirit. The psychological stage allows this spiritual experience of the subliminal self to reach consciousness through the mediation of religious beliefs.

Notules et Péricopes

  • - Ariel contre Ariel : Es 29,1-7 LXX vs TM
  • Ariel against Ariel: Isa 29:1-7 LXX vs TM

    The 29th chapter of the book of Isaiah begins with the mention of the city of Ariel, which is not known elsewhere; the toponym is simply transliterated in the Septuagint. The author suggests nevertheless to give to this Greek word another meaning than the one unanimously given to the Hebrew term.

  • - Connaître la foi d’un autre, qui s’appelle Jean de La Fontaine Une démarche littéraire de théologie pratique
  • Knowing the faith of another, who is called Jean de La Fontaine. A literary approach to practical theology

    For the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of Jean de La Fontaine, the French poet and playwright Alain Piolot has just published a play in the editions Jas sauvages in which he lends voice to the fabulist through an identification with him. He observes with great interest the reactions of this former novice among the Oratorians, converted to Epicureanism, fatalist, but still affectionate to the Mother of God, author of a paraphrase of Dies Iræ, very critical of royal authoritarianism during the Wars of Religion. The author attempts, through the historical methods of dramatic re-creation, a very incisive exploration of the Christian intimacy of his character. The article questions the limits to knowledge of another’s faith, in a literary approach of practical theology.

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