Christian Ministry in the Divine Milieu: Catholicity, Evolution, and the Reign of God

Christian Ministry in the Divine Milieu: Catholicity, Evolution, and the Reign of God

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Overview

Fr. Maldari offers a vision of Christian ministry as a community in which each member actively participates in fostering creation's evolution toward fulfillment. While ministry is ultimately cooperating with God in furthering the process of creation to its fulfillment in salvation, it also humbly recognizes human limitation and dependence upon the Holy Spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626983137
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 03/27/2019
Series: Catholicity in an Evolving Universe Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 660,120
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Donald C. Maldari, SJ, is professor of theology at the Pacific Regional Seminary in Fiji, and past associate professor of religious studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. He has worked as a chaplain in a Mexican penal colony, a parish priest in Brooklyn, and the associate director of novices for the Jesuit novitiate in Syracuse. He is author of The Creed: The Faith that Moves Evolution.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Ilia Delio ix

Introduction 1

The Context of Our Consideration of Ministry 2

The Illegitimate Division between Secular and Sacred 5

The Christian Cosmology of Human Work 9

Catholicity 10

The Catholicity of Ministry 12

Chapter 1 The Immanent and Transcendent Aspects of the Church 17

The Challenge of Talking about the Church 20

Where Have We Come from and Where Are We Going? The Immanent Dimension through Physics 22

Where Have We Come from and Where Are We Going? The Immanent Dimension through Biocultural Evolution 27

Where Have We Come from and Where Are We Going? The Transcendent Dimension 37

A Paradigm for Church: A Synthesis of Immanent and Transcendent 45

Chapter 2 Church and Ministry in Scripture 49

The Formation of the Church 50

The Church with a Human Face 54

The Church in Scripture 56

The Biblical Understanding of Ministry 65

Ordination in the New Testament? 78

Chapter 3 Ministry in the Church's Tradition 83

Biocultural Evolution and the Church's Tradition 85

The Catholicity of the Church's Tradition 90

The Catholicity of the Church 91

The Development of Ministry in the First Century 96

The Development of Ministry after the First Century 103

Chapter 4 A Critique of Ministry in the Church's Tradition 117

Baptism: The Origin of Ministry 118

Evaluation of the Theology of Ministry in the Catholic Church Today 123

The Distinction between Clergy and Laity 126

The Character of Ordination 132

The Distinction between Sacred and Secular Ministries 141

The Church's Hierarchical Structure 146

Chapter 5 Catholic Ministry at the Service of the Church 155

One 156

Holy 161

Catholic 167

Apostolic 175

Epilogue 183

Index 187

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