The Church Unfinished: Ecclesiology Through the Centuries (Google eBook)

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Paulist Press, 2004 - Religion - 404 pages
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Like human life, the Catholic or universal Church is lived forward but understood backward. To appreciate the Church's past, however, does not require that we simply repeat it. Using such a framework, this book puts the present period of the Church in vast historical context. It traces how the Church came from the "community of unexpected persons" whom Jesus gathered around himself and was then shaped, over the course of centuries, by human decisions made in the Spirit. The Church's catholicity is seen to involve an ever expanding memory, embracing the immense richness of past and present times, places, and cultures, and at the same time an openness to assimilating, and possibly being transformed by, a future history in which God offers new possibilities. The book thus proposes that the Church's leadership would do well to nurture a renewed eschatological attitude that embraces a genuine openness to the newness and surprise of the future, leaving room not only for continuity but also for the important elements of change and transformation. For, what the Church is, only the entirety of its history will fully reveal.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Jesus Community of the Unexpected Circa AD 2830
9
Unfolding Revelations of a Hidden Presence
10
Human Openness to a Quiet Invitation
14
Jesus Came Eating and Drinking
20
Inviting and Welcoming the Unexpected
23
Gods Presence in a Temple Not Made by Human Hands
27
Varied Interpretations of Jesus
28
The Growth of Papal Administrative Power
210
The Pinnacle of Papal Power
218
The Persistence of Evangelical Ideals
220
The Birth of Ecclesiology Theology Responding to Crises AD 14001900
229
Changing Ideas of Church
230
Debates about Papal Power and the Authority of Councils
233
Torquemadas Summa de Ecclesia
239
A Church Divided
242

Ultimate Trust in the Quiet Power of Love
31
A Jesus Understood in Retrospect
33
Did Jesus Foresee the Church in His Future?
37
Continuing the Way of Jesus Who Came to Serve
46
Communities Facing the Future with Creative Fidelity
51
The Nuances of Development
56
Church as Ongoing Sacrament Flowing from Jesus
63
Shaping the Early Church Human Decisions in the Spirit Circa AD 30110
70
A Community of New Possibility
71
The Assembly of God
72
A Network of Grassroots Assemblies
75
Unfolding Realization of Universal Mission
78
A Foundation of Early Church Order
83
Corporate Historical Sacrament
89
The Pluriformity of Early Leadership Patterns
93
Service for Unity Not Power
106
Transitional Leadership for Another Generation
107
The Personification of Ecclesial Unity
113
The Jesus Movement as a Communion of Churches AD 110600
120
Synods and Councils as Expressions of Ecclesial Communion
130
The Church of Rome as the Center of Unity
132
The Solidification of Papal Claims
139
A Church of Visible Sacraments and Invisible Holiness
148
Toward a Stratified Hierarchical Church
154
Toward a Church of Stratified Hierarchical Holiness
161
Neither Slave Nor Free Unfinished Trajectories from Jesus
169
Confidence Amid the Passing of an Era
174
A Changing Church Struggling with Power AD 6001400
176
Ecclesial Power as an Unintended Consequence of Service
179
A Changing Experience of Church From Below
184
Patterns of Popular Piety
197
A Diminishing Pastoral Role for Bishops
205
The Ecclesiological Climate from the Council of Trent to Vatican I
247
An Authoritative Petrine Ministry
254
The Conditions of Papal Infallibility
260
Openness to A Desire of New Things Rerum Novarum
266
Vatican II Toward A New Order Of Things 1900
270
Vatican II and Aggiornamentoi Updating by Creative Retrieval
273
Church as Worshiping Community
274
The Birth Pains of Vatican IIs Theology of Church
276
Church as Sacrament of Unity
278
Church as the Priestly People of God
281
A Unity in Diversity
282
Toward Retrieving a Collegial Leadership of Pope and Bishops
283
The Ministries of Teaching Sanctifying and Leading
289
The Mission of the Nonordained and Nonvowed Faithful
293
The Eschatological Dimension of the Church
295
Themes Reprised in a Chorus of Documents
296
A Wider Horizon for the Churchs SelfUnderstanding
298
The Reception of Vatican IIs Theology of Church
299
The Unfinished Task of Theological Synthesis
302
Restoring a Future to a World Church
313
A ThisWorldly Eschatology
314
Gaudium et spes
316
Foundations for a ThisWorldly Eschatology
321
From Unmoved Mover to the Death of God
323
An Eschatological Catholicity
330
Looking Ahead
333
A Future for Women in the Church?
337
Notes
342
Index of Modern Authors
393
Index of Selected Topics
397
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Prusak is Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Villanova University.

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