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(22) In the report of the responses by various churches to BEM, the Commission on Faith and Order identified koinonia (which did not appear in BEM) as a key component of "work towards a convergent vision on ecclesiology." (23) Four preliminary aspects of the church as koinonia were put forth (the church as gift of the word of God [creatura verbi], the church as mystery or sacrament of God's love for the world, the church as pilgrim people of God, and the church as servant and prophetic sign of God's coming kingdom), with the hope that future study could develop "an ecumenically oriented ecclesiology of koinonia." (24)
And he shows how a conservative faction of the bishops and the Vatican attempted to replace that vision with a "communion ecclesiology" stressing centralized authority and the magisterium.
He agrees with the charge that historically Evangelicalism has lacked a coherent ecclesiology; in this book, Franklin rises to the challenge to demonstrate that Evangelicalism has the resources within its tradition to compensate for this deficit.
Beal brings unpublished archival materials into dialogue with Congar's early published works to make a credible case that his studies on diverse topics were united in representing various components of what he intended to add up to a "total ecclesiology." Such an ecclesiology, unlike the apologetic approaches of the time, would address the mystery of the church in all its dimensions, including its mission, full range of members, various traditions, need for reform, and eschatological nature.
A Liberation Ecclesiology? is an important study of a central idea in the thought of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), namely, freedom.
Using this volume in the classroom will clarify for readers that Orthodox theologians, by reacting to ecclesiological developments related with Vatican I and Vatican II, developed their own Orthodox ecclesiology. In other words, ecclesiological reflections in Orthodox settings were stimulated by Roman Catholic inputs in this area.
These statements are about the meaning and purpose of the church or, to use the technical term, ecclesiology. Ecumenical texts such as constitutions of councils of churches, full-communion agreements between churches, the texts of the Consultation on Church Union (COCU) and Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC), or even the texts of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are inescapably ecclesiological.
Since the authors claim that, "ecclesiology arises from a theological situatedness in the church," (Ward, 3) there is an insistence that you--the people of the church--have privileged access to ecclesiology and theology.
The "obstinate" insistence by the Free Church that its ecclesiology is distinct from that of a mass church (Volkskirche) blocks the way to church unity (81).
What makes this volume special, however, is that in its first half the book collects previously published works--considered classics in the field of missiology, ecclesiology, and ecumenism--from some of the most respected theologians and missiologists in the Orthodox world's recent past and present.
In God's custody; the church, a history of divine protection; a study of John Calvin's ecclesiology based on his commentary on the minor prophets.
Spiritual Architecture and Paradise Regained: Milton's Literary Ecclesiology. By Ken Simpson.
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