Ecclesial Existence (#03 in Christian Community In History Series)
?Ecclesiology from below, ? as it operates in this work, is directed to history; it moves through the actual church of history to ecclesiology or to an understanding of the church both as it is and as it should be....
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?Ecclesiology from below, ? as it operates in this work, is directed to history; it moves through the actual church of history to ecclesiology or to an understanding of the church both as it is and as it should be. In the first volume that passage was fairly explicit because comprehensive ecclesiologies in our sense did not exist. In this volume ecclesiology itself becomes much more directly the subject matter of the book, but without losing sight of concrete history and the degree to which these ecclesiologies are historically conditioned. Put somewhat differently, the main goal of this ?comparative ecclesiology? is not simply to lay down one after another different ecclesiologies that emerged over the last five hundred years, although that describes the book with empirical accuracy. Its larger intent is to show the richness, vitality, and creativity of the whole church as it moves through history, adjusting to new times, places, and cultures.
The first 2 volumes of Roger Haight'sChristian Community in Historyreceived enormous critical attention. Of volume 2, a reviewer in theAnglican Theological Reviewwrote: "This work is worthy of celebration...anyone who cares about the theology of the church must read it." Those volumes ofChristian Community in Historydescribed the historical diversity of the church across its history (up to the Reformation in vol. 1) and among the churches (since the Reformation in vol. 2). By contrast, vol. 3 is an attempt to describe what the churches possess in common, i.e., to retrieve ecclesiological constants from history reaching back to scriptural origins in order to construct and portray the common ecclesial existence shared by the churches. In more traditional terms, it aims to find the apostolicity, the catholicity, and the unity amidst the plurality of the churches.
Roger Haight is a Jesuit priest and theologian. A former President of the Catholic Theological Society of America, he now teaches at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. His previous books include Dynamics of Faith and Jesus Symbol of God.
- Contents; Preface; Part I The Notion Of A Constructive; Transdenominational Ecclesiology; Where We Dwell In Common; Premises Of A Transdenominational Ecclesiology; The Referent Of A Transdenominational Ecclesiology; Methodological Considerations; Structure For Understanding The Church; 2. From Historical To Constructive Ecclesiology; Principles Of Orientation Nature And Mission Of The Church; Organization Of The Church; Members Of The Church; Activities Of The Church; Relation Of The Church To The World; Part Ii Ecclesial Existence; 3. The Nature And Purpose Of The Church; The Origin Of The Church; The Nature Of The Church; The Purpose Or Mission Of The Church. Ecclesial Existence; 4. Organization Of The Church; Community And Structure; Ministries To Christian Life Enabled By Church Structures; Larger Organizational Forms; Church Organization And God's Will For The Church Ecclesial; Existence; 5. Membership In The Church; Becoming A Member Of The Church Clergy And The People Of God; Visible And Invisible Membership In The Church Ecclesial Existence; 6. Activities Of The Church; Pastoral Activity Worship Nurturing The Whole Life Of The Members; Ecclesial Existence; 7. Church In Relation To The World; The World Missionary Church Dialogue With The World Ecclesial; Existence; 8. Ecclesial Existence And Partial Communion; Ecclesial Existence As Ecclesial Spirituality; The Concept Of Partial Communion; Ecclesial Existence As The Apostolic Basis For Partial Communion.