Free from Dogma: Theological Reflections in the Christian Community

Free from Dogma: Theological Reflections in the Christian Community

by Tom Ravetz


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Free from Dogma: Theological Reflections in the Christian Community by Tom Ravetz

The Christian Community is a religious movement which draws on the help and inspiration of Rudolf Steiner. One way in which it differs from other churches is that it does not demand adherence to any creed or view of the world from its members.

Nevertheless, spiritual, philosophical and religious questions arise, and by thinking about and discussing them, members can become part of the spiritual conversation that has been underway for the last 2000 years, since human beings have grappled to understand what they experience in Jesus Christ.

This book, the first of its kind to explore the theology of The Christian Community in a systematic way, asks such questions and offers many insights into religious life and experience. In the first half, Tom Ravetz addresses questions about God, the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Holy Spirit and evil. In the second half, he traces humanity's journey from oneness, to multiplicity, and to a new oneness through community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780863156908
Publisher: Floris Books
Publication date: 05/15/2009
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x (d)

About the Author

Revd Tom Ravetz was born in Leeds in 1964. He completed the training for the priesthood of the Christian Community in Stuttgart and studied theology at the University of Aberdeen. He has been involved in training priests in Germany, and works in the UK and Ireland. He has written and spoken on a wide variety of theological and spiritual topics.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Journey from Unity to Community 9

Introduction: Did Not Our Hearts Burn Within Us? 13

Theology in becoming 17

The modern world 20

Part 1 The Experience of God

1 Where is Your God Now? 27

Faith in God after the 'death of God' 27

God, the ground of being 31

What difference does it make if God created the world? 36

2 The Trinity - a doctrine born of experience 40

The fourth century 43

The image of God 45

The image as archetype 49

3 The Wounded Healer 52

Superhero 52

Christ the hero 54

The hope of the Messiah 56

4 Truly God and Truly Man 59

Understanding the extremes 60

Son of Man 63 are still asleep ... 65

5 The Holy Spirit 67

Grasping the Spirit 71

Human and holy 72

Koinonia 74

The Spirit of evolution 75

6 Evil Calls for its Redemption 77

'Evil evil' 79

Rebellion and redemption 81

Part 2 The New Community

7 The Icon of the New Community 87

The Christian Community 91

The community of the second coming 93

8 The Way into the New Community 95

The way into the self 98

The journey home 99

Life as a journey 102

The Sacramental Consultation 104

Forgiveness 107

The divine pedagogy 111

9 The Act of Consecration of Man - the Celebration of the New Community 113

The meal 113

Letting go and letting come 115

The sun amongst the seven sacraments 122

10 The Biographical Path in the Community of Christ 124

Baptism 126

Confirmation 127

Membership 129

Taking leave of the earthly community 130

Celebrating community of life 130

11 The Structuring of the Community 133

Community and congregation 135

Epilogue: The Future Hope 137

Endnotes 141

Sources and References142

Index 144

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