That All May Be One: Hierarchy and Participation in the Church

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Must hierarchy mean dominance, patriarchy, and oppression? Should it be eliminated? Or is there an alternative view of hierarchy? These questions split the Church during the Reformation and are polarizing it today. This book presents a perspective on hierarchy drawn from church history, the natural sciences, and contemporary social models. It argues that the role of hierarchy in the Church is to preserve apostolic teaching and to foster integration, but that domination deforms hierarchy, which should be ...
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Paper Back New Although hierarchical institutions today are widely under attack, the question facing the Church is not Should there be hierarchy, but rather, What kind of ... hierarchy should there be? Nichols argues that it is a mistake to equate hierarchy tout court with dominance, imperialism, patriarchy, authoritarianism, and oppression--what he calls the command model. Any excessive emphasis on command produces rebellion and schism, a thesis confirmed by the Reformation. Defending the need for hierarachy while heralding its abuses and failures may sound like a tall order, but Nichols walks this tightrope with ease thanks to his admirable familiarity with Scripture, church history, and ecclesiology. He counters Protestant claims that the early Church was egalitarian in structure, but notes that divergent views of hierarchy began to separate East from West as early as the fifth century. The eastern Church's conciliar model of power did not disappear from the West, however, but continued to flourish in so Read more Show Less

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Must hierarchy mean dominance, patriarchy, and oppression? Should it be eliminated? Or is there an alternative view of hierarchy? These questions split the Church during the Reformation and are polarizing it today. This book presents a perspective on hierarchy drawn from church history, the natural sciences, and contemporary social models. It argues that the role of hierarchy in the Church is to preserve apostolic teaching and to foster integration, but that domination deforms hierarchy, which should be participatory, integrative, ecumenical, and universal. It concludes that a balanced understanding of hierarchy is critical for ecumenical progress, for the integrity of Roman Catholicism, and for the catholicity of the whole Christian Church.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780814658574
  • Publisher: Glazier, Michael, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 355
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Hierarchy in the Hebrew Scriptures 23
Ch. 3 Hierarchy in the New Testament 39
Ch. 4 The Apostles and Their Successors 71
Ch. 5 The Early Church 95
Ch. 6 Hierarchy and Participation in the Middle Ages 133
Ch. 7 The Reformation 171
Ch. 8 Catholic Reformation and the Post-Tridentine Church 201
Ch. 9 Vatican I and Vatican II 221
Ch. 10 Ontological Hierarchy: The Mystical Body of Christ 251
Ch. 11 The Church as a Society 285
Ch. 12 The Church as Communion: That All May Be One 311
Bibliography 337
Index 351
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