The Church Unfinished: Ecclesiology Through the Centuries / Edition 1

The Church Unfinished: Ecclesiology Through the Centuries / Edition 1

by Bernard P. Prusak
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0809142864

ISBN-13: 9780809142866

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Paulist Press

Like human life, the Church is lived forward but understood backward. The Church Unfinished traces how the Church came from the "community of unexpected persons" whom Jesus gathered around himself, and how the Church was then shaped, over the course of centuries, by human decisions made in the Spirit. This study also develops a historical ecclesiology, linking an

Overview

Like human life, the Church is lived forward but understood backward. The Church Unfinished traces how the Church came from the "community of unexpected persons" whom Jesus gathered around himself, and how the Church was then shaped, over the course of centuries, by human decisions made in the Spirit. This study also develops a historical ecclesiology, linking an understanding of the complex development of the Church in the past with an eschatological openness to the future in which God may be calling the Church to new possibilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809142866
Publisher:
Paulist Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Pages:
403
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1
Jesus' Community of the Unexpected, circa 28-30 A.D.
Unfolding Revelations of a Hidden Presence
Human Openness to a Quiet Invitation
Jesus Came Eating and Drinking
Inviting and Welcoming the Unexpected
God's Presence in a Temple Not Made by Human Hands
Shapes of Church--Varied Interpretations of Jesus
Ultimate Trust in the Quiet Power of Love
A Jesus Understood in Retrospect
Did Jesus Foresee the Church in His Future?
Continuing the Way of Jesus Who Came to Serve
Communities Facing the Future with Creative Fidelity
From Jesus to Church: the Nuances of Development
Church as Ongoing Sacrament Flowing from Jesus

Chapter 2
Shaping the Early Church: Human Decisions in the Spirit, circa 30-110 A.D.
A Community of New Possibility
EKKLESIA: The Assembly of God
A Network of Grassroots Assemblies
Unfolding Realization of Universal Mission
Communion as Shared Reception: A Foundation of Early Church Order
A Cosmic Body of Christ--Corporate Historical Sacrament
The Pluriformity of Early Leadership Patterns
Service for Unity, Not Power
Transitional Leadership for Another Generation
Mono-Episcopacy: The Personification of Ecclesial Unity

Chapter 3
The Jesus Movement as a Communion of Churches, 110-600 A.D.
One, Holy , Catholic, and Apostolic "Episcopal" Church
Synods and Councils as Expressions of Ecclesial Communion
The Church of Rome as Center of Unity
The Solidification of Papal Claims
A Church of Visible Sacraments and Invisible Holiness
Toward a Stratified, Hierarchical Church
Toward a Church of Stratified, Hierarchical Holiness
"Neither Slave nor Free..."--Unfinished Trajectories from Jesus
Confidence Amid the Passing of an Era

Chapter 4
A Changing Church--Struggling with Power, 600-1400, A.D.
Ecclesial Power as an Unintended Consequence of Service
A Changing Experience of Church "From Below"
Patterns of Popular Piety
A Diminishing Pastoral Role for Bishops
The Growth of Papal Administrative Power
The Pinnacle of Papal Power
The Persistence of Evangelical Ideals

Chapter 5
The Birth of Ecclesiology--Theology Responding to Crises, 1400-1900
From Body of Christ to Mystical Body: Changing Ideas of Church
Debates about Papal Power and the Authority of Councils
Defending the Papacy: Torquemada's Summa de Ecclesia
The Protestant Reformation: A Church Divided
The Ecclesiological Climate from the Council of Trent to Vatican I
Vatican I: An Authoritative Petrine Ministry
The Conditions of Papal Infallibility
Openness to "a Desire of New Things:--Rerum Novarum

Chapter 6
Vatican II: Toward a "New Order of Things," 1900-
Vatican II and Aggiornamento: Updating by Creative Retrieval
Back to the Future: Church as Worshiping Community
The Birth Pains of Vatican II's Theology of Church
Church as Sacrament of Unity
Church as the Priestly People of God
Church as a Communion of Churches: a Unity in Diversity
Toward Retrieving a Collegian Leadership of Pope and Bishops
The Ministries of Teaching, Sanctifying and Leading
The Mission of the Non-Ordained and Non-Vowed Faithful
The Eschatological Dimension f the Church
Themes Reprised in a Chorus of Documents
A Wider Horizon for the Church's Self-Understanding
The Reception of Vatican II's Theology of Church
The Unfinished Task of Theological Synthesis

Chapter 7
Restoring a Future to a World Church
A "This-Worldly" Eschatology
Gaudium et Spes
Foundations for a "This-Worldly" Eschatology
From Unmoved Mover to the Death of God
An Eschatological Catholicity
Looking Ahead

Epilogue: A Future for Women in the Church?

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