After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity (Sacra Doctrina Series)

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In After Our Likeness, the inaugural volume in the Sacra Doctrina series, Miroslav Volf explores the relationship between persons and community in Christian theology. The focus is the community of grace, the Christian church. The point of departure is the thought of the first Baptist, John Smyth, and the notion of church as "gathered community" that he shared with Radical Reformers.

Volf seeks to counter the tendencies toward individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and to ...

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Overview

In After Our Likeness, the inaugural volume in the Sacra Doctrina series, Miroslav Volf explores the relationship between persons and community in Christian theology. The focus is the community of grace, the Christian church. The point of departure is the thought of the first Baptist, John Smyth, and the notion of church as "gathered community" that he shared with Radical Reformers.

Volf seeks to counter the tendencies toward individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and to suggest a viable understanding of the church in which both person and community are given their proper due. In the process he engages in a sustained and critical ecumenical dialogue with the Catholic and Orthodox ecclesiologies of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and the metropolitan John Zizioulas. The result is a brilliant ecumenical study that spells out a vision of the church as an image of the triune God.

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Editorial Reviews

Anglican Theological Review
One of the most important contributions made to the study of ecclesiology, not only within Protestant theology where good ecclesiology is often scarce, but also in the field of the ecumenical study of the Church.
Interpretation
"In this substantial volume, Volf explores the relationship between trinitarian theologies and their corresponding ecclesiologies. His thesis is that a Free Church trinitarian ecclesiology is not only dogmatically defensible but in certain social situations may prove to be superior to other ecclesiologies.... A careful theology with broad ecumenical interests, Volf's exposition of Ratzinger and Zizioulas is exemplary, and his own constructive arguments make a significant contribution to contemporary theology."
Modern Theology
"This book richly deserves to be read beyond purely academic circles. By reformulating Free Church ecclesiology, Volf offers anyone interested in ecumenical dialogue a new touchstone for understanding many of those traditions that continue to be excluded (and to exclude themselves) from ecumenical discussions."
Theological Studies
Creative, original, and compelling in its organization and logic. Volf's study deals with a number of areas that still need further critical reflection not only in Orthodox and Catholic ecclesiologies, but also in those of the Free Churches.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802844408
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: Sacra Doctrina Series
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,003,944
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction to the American Edition 1
Introduction 9
I Ratzinger: Communion and the Whole 29
II Zizioulas: Communion, One, and Many 73
III The Ecclesiality of the Church 127
IV Faith, Person, and Church 159
V Trinity and Church 191
VI Structures of the Church 221
VII The Catholicity of the Church 259
Bibliography 283
Index 307
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