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Ecclesiology for a Global Church: A People Called and Sent

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Richard Gaillardetz captures the dynamics of the church as a people called by Jesus and sent into the whole world at the juncture in human history when Christianity has become a world religion and the church has become a world church. In seven magisterial chapters Gaillardetz shows how the Venerable Bede's adage that "Every day the church gives birth to the church" has become even truer in the twenty-first century than it was in the eighth.

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Overview

Richard Gaillardetz captures the dynamics of the church as a people called by Jesus and sent into the whole world at the juncture in human history when Christianity has become a world religion and the church has become a world church. In seven magisterial chapters Gaillardetz shows how the Venerable Bede's adage that "Every day the church gives birth to the church" has become even truer in the twenty-first century than it was in the eighth.

Gaillardetz integrates emerging ecclesiologies from Latin America, Africa, Oceania, and Asia with the traditional ecclesiology of the north. He helps us understand what happens when the church takes cues not just from Scripture and Tradition, but also from women, Asian and African religions, and from the challenge of promoting justice and peace. Woven through the entire book is the issue of globalization and environmental crisis, as a people "sustained by memory" and presided over by a ministry of memory faces the future.

About the Author:
Richard R. Gaillardetz is the Thomas and Margaret Murray and James J. Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo and the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of ecclesiology and pastoral ministry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570757693
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Series: Theology in Global Perspective Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 749,658
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Peter C. Phan     xi
Preface     xiii
Abbreviations     xxiii
A People Called to Community     1
Early Yahwism's Understanding of Community     1
Ambivalence about Monarchy     5
Prophetic Calls to Return to Covenant Community     7
Israel's Response to the Exile     9
Israel under Hellenistic and Roman Domination     11
The Beginnings of the Jesus Movement     13
From Jesus Movement to Church     19
Paul's Ecclesiological Vision     19
Other Pauline Ecclesiological Trajectories     22
Other New Testament Visions of Christian Community     23
Structuring of Ministry in the Churches of the New Testament     28
Questions for Reflection     33
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     34
A People Sent in Mission     35
Catholicity in the Biblical Tradition     36
Catholicity and the Early Missionary Orientation of the Church     39
Catholicity Reduced     42
Early Challenges to the Conquest Paradigm of Church Mission     43
The Development of the Church's Siege Mentality     46
The Gradual Recovery of the Church'sCatholicity     47
Early-Twentieth-Century Developments regarding the Relationship between Church and Culture     48
Vatican II's Shift to a More Dialogical Conception of Church     49
Vatican II's Teaching on the Catholicity of the Church     51
Postconciliar Developments     57
Catholicity in a Postmodern Church     63
Whose Religion Is Christianity?     64
Catholicity as Intercultural Dialogue     68
The Asian Church as a Laboratory for the Becoming of a Dialogical Church     75
Feminist Perspectives on the Catholicity of the Church     80
Questions for Reflection     83
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     83
A People Called to Communion     85
Church Local and Universal     86
Christian Unity at Risk in the First Millennium     89
Developing Church Structures in Service of the Communion of the Churches     91
The Medieval Transition in Ecclesiological Foundations     94
The Devolution of a Eucharistic Ecclesiology     94
The Lay Investiture Controversy     96
Gratian and the Rise of Canon Law     97
The Emergence of a "Hierocratic" Ecclesiology     98
Conciliarism     99
Failed Attempts at Reunion between East and West     100
The Reformation and New Challenges to the Unity of the Church     101
The Reformation and the Re-Imagination of Christian Unity     102
Roman Catholic Unity from Trent to Vatican I     103
The Modern Impetus toward Christian Unity     105
The Second Vatican Council on the Unity of the Church     106
Other Ecumenical Contributions     115
The Church as a Global Communion of Local Churches: Postconciliar Developments     117
An Important Debate on the Theology of the Local Church     118
Rediscovering a Theology of Local Church in the Global South     119
The Global Significance of Basic Ecclesial Communities     122
An African Ecclesiology of Communion: Church as Family of God     126
Questions for Reflection     130
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     130
A People Called to Ministry     132
Teaching of Vatican II and Implications for Theology of Ministry     132
Liturgical Ecclesiology of Vatican II and Implications for Theology of Ministry     133
The Rediscovery of "Charism" as a Ministerial Concept     136
A Basic Reorientation of Ordained Ministry     137
The Contributions and Limits of the Council's Theology of Ministry     141
Ecumenical Developments toward a Common Theology of Ministry     142
Ministry in a Postmodern Church     144
New Features in the Structure and Practice of Ministry     145
New Ministries in a Global Context     154
Toward a Constructive Theology of Ministry for a Global Church     162
All Ministry Is Relational     162
Ministry and Mission     164
Complete Dismantling of the Cursus Honorum     167
Ministerial Accountability     168
Questions for Reflection     171
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     172
A People Called to Discipleship     173
Foundations of Christian Identity in the Early Church     173
The Origins and Development of the Lay/Clergy Distinction     177
The Rise of Two Kinds of Christians     177
Late Medieval and Reformation Developments     180
Status of the Laity in Eastern Christianity     182
Catholic Views of Laity on the Eve of Vatican II     183
Recovery of the Priority of Baptism, Discipleship, and Mission at Vatican II     184
Reimagining a Holy Church     184
Baptismal Ordering of the Community of Disciples     186
The Priesthood of the Faithful     188
Baptism and Mission     189
The Church Is the New People of God     190
Discipleship in a Global Church     190
One Vocation or Many?     196
The Community of Disciples as a Pilgrim Church     202
Conclusion     205
Questions for Reflection     206
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     206
A People Sustained by Memory     208
Apostolicity and a Theology of Tradition     210
Vatican II on Tradition     212
Vatican II on the Sensus Fidei     215
Apostolicity and Communal Memory     218
Biblical Conceptions of Memory     219
Transmission and Reception of Memory in the Life of the Church     220
Apostolicity as Eschatological Memory     229
The Dangerous Memories of Jesus     230
Dogma and Doctrine in a New Key     233
The Functions of Creedal Statements in Early Christianity     235
Finding Our Way between "Consumer Catholicism" and "Creeping Infallibility"     236
Conclusion: Las Abejas and the Witness to the Power of Christian Memory     243
Questions for Reflection     247
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study      248
A People Led by a Ministry of Memory     249
The Emergence of an Apostolic Office     249
Apostles in the New Testament     250
Emergence of a Stable Apostolic Office in the Postbiblical Period     252
Collegial Exercise of Apostolic Office     255
Ecumenical Councils     256
Emerging Papal Office     258
Medieval Shifts in the Nature of Apostolic Office     259
Renewal of Apostolic Office in the Modern Church     261
Vatican II on the Episcopate     262
Postconciliar Developments     264
Ecumenism and Apostolic Office     267
The Office of the Bishop in Service of the Catholicity of the Church's Memory     274
Strengthening Bonds Between Bishop and Local Church     276
Contemporary Examples of Bishops Serving the 'Catholicity of the Church's Memory     278
Regional Expressions of Episcopal Collegiality     281
Petrine Ministry in a Global Church     284
Questions for Reflection     289
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     289
Conclusion     290
Select Bibliography     295
Index     307
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