Ecumenical Ecclesiology: Unity, Diversity and Otherness in a Fragmented World

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This is a rich collection of fifteen articles by European, North American and Asian theologians who are concerned with the concept, life, unity and future of the church. It offers a wealth of broad perspectives on ecclesiology by scholars from Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox backgrounds.

The first section, ‘Perspectives on Ecumenical Ecclesiology', comprises reflections on postmodern ecclesiologies as well as on the development and problems concerning ecumenical methods and ...

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Overview

This is a rich collection of fifteen articles by European, North American and Asian theologians who are concerned with the concept, life, unity and future of the church. It offers a wealth of broad perspectives on ecclesiology by scholars from Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox backgrounds.

The first section, ‘Perspectives on Ecumenical Ecclesiology', comprises reflections on postmodern ecclesiologies as well as on the development and problems concerning ecumenical methods and models of unity.  The second section, ‘Communion Ecclesiology and Otherness', provides some pertinent deliberations on how an ecclesiology of communion can integrate otherness. In particular, Zizioulas' communion ecclesiology is critically examined, the possibility for a retrieval of Eucharistic theology between Catholics and Orthodox is put forward, and Tillard's communion ecclesiology is appraised as offering resources for innerdenominational otherness.

The final section, ‘Ecclesiology in Global Contexts', considers critically the possibility of evangelical ecclesiology as an answer to ethnic impaired Christian community. The role of the (Catholic) Church and its values in Europe and vis-à-vis the European Constitution is examined. The Church of Nigeria's Constitutional Revision (2005) and its ecclesial- ecumenical implications comes into focus, and three notable concepts of unity, as developed by three Indian scholars, S.K. George, John Sadiq and Karem David, are evaluated. 

Finally, the Japanese diaspora in the States is appraised as a place where a particular Japanese Christian vision could emerge through the "internationalist ecclesiology" developed by Japanese Christian missionaries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567009135
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Series: Ecclesiological Investigations Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gesa Thiessen is a lecturer at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy in Dublin and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter. She is a member of the steering group of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network.

Professor Linda Hogan is Head of School, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Contributors ix

Preface Linda Hogan xii

Introduction Gesa E. Thiessen 1

Part I Perspectives on Contemporary Ecumenical Ecclesiology

1 Driving the Haywain: Were Stands the Church 'Catholic' Today? Gerard Mannion 13

2 Seeking Unity: Reflecting on Methods in Contemporary Ecumenical Dialogue Gesa E. Thiessen 35

3 The Struggle for an Organic, Conciliar and Diverse Church: Models of Church Unity in Earlier Stages of the Ecumenical Dialogue Miriam Haar 49

4 Church and Covenant: Theological Resources for Divided Denominations Edwin C. van Driel 62

5 Comprehensive Vision: The Ecumenical Potential of a Lost Ideal Andrew Pierce 76

6 Integrity, Alternative Aggressions, and Impaired Communion Wendy Dackson 88

Part II Communion Ecclesiology and Otherness

7 The Church and the 'Other': Questions of Ecclesial and Divine Communion Paul M. Collins 101

8 Being Church: A Critique of Zizioulas' Communion Ecclesiology Travis E. Ables 115

9 Retrieving Eucharistic Ecclesiology Radu Bordeianu 128

10 Communion Ecclesiology and Ecumenical Experience: Resources for Inner-Denominational Otherness Brian P. Flanagan 143

11 Evangelical Ecclesiology as an Answer to Ethnic Impaired Christian Community? An Inquiry into the Theology of Miroslav Volf Eddy Van der Borght 161

Part III Ecclesiology in Global Contexts

12 On Being a European Catholic: The Politics of Inclusion Encounters an Ecclesiology of Exclusion Julie Clague 175

13 Instruments of Faith and Unity in Canon Law: The Church of Nigeria Constitutional Revision of 2005 Evan F. Kuehn 190

14 Sacral Authority and Pastoral Ministry: A Shamanistic Inculturation of the Protestant Church in Korea Hak Joon Lee 205

15 Confucianism, Internationalism, Patriotism and Protestantism: The Ecclesiological Matrix of Japanese Christian Activists in Japan and the US Diaspora Madeline Duntley 223

Index 239

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