Models of the Church

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Crown Publishing Group, May 14, 2002 - Religion - 256 pages
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There is today a dramatic reexamination of structure, authority, dogma -- indeed, every aspect of the life of the Church is held up to scrutiny. Welcoming this as a sign of vitality, Avery Dulles has carefully studied the writings of contemporary Protestant and Catholic ecclesiologists and sifted out six major approaches, or "models," through which the Church's character can be understood: as Institution, Mystical Communion, Sacrament, Herald, Servant, and, in a recent addition to the book, as Community of Disciples. A balanced theology, he concludes, must incorporate the major affirmations of each. "The method of models or types," observes Cardinal Dulles, "can have great value in helping people to get beyond the limitations of their own particular outlook and to enter into fruitful conversation with others... Such conversation is obviously essential if ecumenism is to get beyond its present impasses."

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Great, concise book on ecclesiology, which remains useful and reflective after all these years. I recommend it to my students. Read full review

Contents

THE USE OF MODELS IN ECCLESIOLOGY
21
THE CHURCH IlllUIl
39
THE CHURCH s H4lll4xlw
64
THE CHURCH AND ESCHATOLOGY
95
THE TRUE CHURCH
114
THE EVALUATION or MODELQ
195
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Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., the first U.S. theologian named to the College of Cardinals, is known both nationally and internationally as a preeminent Catholic scholar, teacher, and theologian. He lives in New York City and holds the McGinley Professorship of Religion and Society at Fordham University. His writings over the past half-century have helped to shape the face of theological reflection in the post-Vatican II Church.

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