Apostolicity Then and Now: An Ecumenical Church in a Postmodern World

Apostolicity Then and Now: An Ecumenical Church in a Postmodern World

by John Burkhard OFM Conv.


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Apostolicity Then and Now: An Ecumenical Church in a Postmodern World by John Burkhard OFM Conv.

Historically, what did the Church and theologians mean by apostolicity, apostolic tradition, apostolic churches, and apostolic succession? Theologically, what have important postconciliar theologians taught about apostolicity? How have world views shaped the understanding of apostolicity? How might the thesis of the apostolicity of the whole Church impact other ecclesiological and sacramental issues? Ecumenically, what are the points of agreement in several important ecumenical dialogues? Which points are disputed among the churches? Apostolicity Then and Now addresses these concerns.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814651216
Publisher: Glazier, Michael, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

John J. Burkhard, OFM Conv, PhD, is a teacher for the Education for Parish Service Program of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and Professor of Systematic Theology at Washington Theological Union. He is the translator of Imagining the Catholic Church written by Ghislain Lafont, and is a contributor to the journals New Theology Review and Worship published by Liturgical Press.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Who Were the Apostles?1
The Twelve2
Symbols and Symbolic Activity6
Pauline and Lukan Understandings of the Apostle10
The Wider Spectrum of Meanings of the Term "Apostle"14
Chapter 2Why the Early Churches Understood Themselves as Apostolic23
What Is Apostolicity?24
Apostolicity of Origin26
Apostolicity of Doctrine29
Apostolicity of Life31
Apostolic Succession35
Chapter 3Apostolicity in History43
The Epistle of the Romans to the Corinthians (1 Clement)43
Irenaeus of Lyons49
Tertullian of Carthage57
The Collection Known as the "Traditio Apostolica"61
Vita Apostolica et Evangelica in the Middle Ages64
Chapter 4Apostolicity and the Theologians71
Yves Congar, O.P.71
Hans Kung74
Theologians of the Reform78
Wolfhart Pannenberg81
Miroslav Volf84
John D. Zizioulas89
Chapter 5Apostolicity and the Classical and Modern Worldviews95
Worldviews, Paradigms, and Models95
The Premodern Worldview101
Cultural Assumptions103
Theological Criteria106
Scripture and Exegesis108
A Case Study: Joaquin Salaverri, S.J.111
The Modern Worldview113
Cultural Assumptions114
Theological Criteria117
Scripture and Exegesis120
A Case Study: Karl Rahner, S.J.122
Chapter 6Apostolicity in a Postmodern World127
An Attempt to Delineate Postmodernism127
Five Postmodern Characteristics130
Rejection of a Dualistic View of the World130
Rejection of Foundationalism131
Rejection of "Totalization" and the Role of Metanarratives133
Threat of Anti-Human Nihilism135
Return of the "Other" and Relationality139
Historicity and Human Freedom148
Apostolicity in a Postmodern Perspective159
Chapter 7Apostolicity in Ecumenical Dialogue165
The Roman Catholic-Anglican Dialogue165
"The Final Report"167
"Church as Communion"170
"The Gift of Authority"174
The Roman Catholic-Lutheran Dialogue177
"The Gospel and the Church"179
"The Ministry in the Church"180
"Facing Unity"182
"Church and Justification"183
BEM of Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches187
British and Irish Anglican Churches and Nordic and Baltic Lutheran Churches193
The Orthodox-Roman Catholic Dialogue196
Chapter 8Apostolicity in an Ecumenical Church201
Apostolic Succession in Lutheranism201
Episkope and Episcopacy211
Meaning of the Term "Validity"218
The Question of the Recognition of Ministry223
Apostolic Ministry and the Church as Fundamental Sacrament237
Apostolic Succession in Postconciliar Roman Catholicism246
Again, Postmodernism249

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