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Apostolicity Then and Now : An Ecumenical Church in a Postmodern World - John J. Burkhard

Apostolicity Then and Now

An Ecumenical Church in a Postmodern World

Paperback Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9780814651216
Number Of Pages: 264

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Apostolicity Then and Now explores apostolicity from its origin to today. Apostolicity is a fundamental mark of the church, referring to Jesus' faith given to, carried on, and taught?unaltered?by a continuous line of apostles. This book primarily focuses on how apostolicity pertains to the church as a whole and views apostolic succession in light of how apostolicity is applicable to the church. Scriptural, historical, theological, and ecumenical contexts provide a thorough study that includes worldviews and their impact on apostolicity.

Chapters are "Who Were the Apostles?" ?Why the Early Churches Understood Themselves as Apostolic,? ?Apostolicity in History,? ?Apostolicity and the Theologians,? ?Apostolicity and the Classical and Modern Worldviews,? ?Apostolicity in a Postmodern World,? ?Apostolicity in Ecumenical Dialogue,? and ?Apostolicity in an Ecumenical Church.?

. . . a welcome addition to an upper level seminar focusing on the intricacies of ecclesiology. Moreover, it should be mandatory reading for seminarians in all Christian denominations, and for those members of the laity who envision a life of ministerial service.Horizons
A very informative study of the church's apostolicity.Worship
[T]his book sheds important light on apostolic succession in Lutheranism, on the question of the recognition of ministry, and on the notion of the church as fundamental sacrament. I strongly recommend it for those who want their theological muscles to have a bracing workout.Scottish Journal of Theology
. . . provides excellent understandings of: apostle, apostolicity itself, including apostolicity of the church's origin, doctrine, life, history, and apostolicity as understood by contemporary theologians. Of special value is his review of the treatment of apostolicity in some recent ecumenical dialogues and the value of the developed understanding on many church-dividing issues, including that of ministry.Emmanuel
. . . a very able guide to the contemporary scholarly discussion of the concept of apostolicityTheology Today
In his excellent study, Apostolicity Then and Now, John Burkhard recounts the origins of the notion of apostolicity, how the concept evolved in history, what contemporary theologians and ecumenical experts have made of it, and what apostolicity means in our postmodern world.Commonweal
This is, to the best of my knowledge, the first book that explores the implications of postmodernism-with its emphasis on pluralism, radical historicity, and relationality-for understanding the doctrine of apostolicity as the mark of the whole church, and not just of the twelve apostles and their successors. Biblically based, historically grounded, and elegantly written, the book offers a comprehensive view of the development of the doctrine of apostolicity from its earliest roots to its current ecumenical context. We are deeply indebted to Professor Burkhard for showing us how the apostolicity of the church is not a historical relic but a vital and vibrant reality through which we enter into communion with the Triune God.Dr. Peter C. Phan, Ignacio Ellacuria S.J. Professor of Catholic Social Thought, Theology Department, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Professor Burkhard's study of Apostolicity is a pioneering work that embraces the past, is relevant for the present, and reaches out into the future. His primary source is our common Christian Tradition, his working horizon, however, embraces the vast field of our contemporary intellectual movements. He is eminently erudite, he is balanced in his judgments, he is pastorally concerned-a rare combination of qualities. He fills a gap in theological investigations: I know of no recent study on Apostolicity that would equal his work in depth and breadth.Ladislas Orsy, S.J., Professor of Canon Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Who Were the Apostles?p. 1
The Twelvep. 2
Symbols and Symbolic Activityp. 6
Pauline and Lukan Understandings of the Apostlep. 10
The Wider Spectrum of Meanings of the Term "Apostle"p. 14
Conclusionsp. 19
Why the Early Churches Understood Themselves as Apostolicp. 23
What Is Apostolicity?p. 24
Apostolicity of Originp. 26
Apostolicity of Doctrinep. 29
Apostolicity of Lifep. 31
Apostolic Successionp. 35
Conclusionsp. 39
Apostolicity in Historyp. 43
The Epistle of the Romans to the Corinthians (1 Clement)p. 43
Irenaeus of Lyonsp. 49
Tertullian of Carthagep. 57
The Collection Known as the "Traditio Apostolica"p. 61
Vita Apostolica et Evangelica in the Middle Agesp. 64
Apostolicity and the Theologiansp. 71
Yves Congar, O.P.p. 71
Hans Kungp. 74
Theologians of the Reformp. 78
Wolfhart Pannenbergp. 81
Miroslav Volfp. 84
John D. Zizioulasp. 89
Apostolicity and the Classical and Modern Worldviewsp. 95
Worldviews, Paradigms, and Modelsp. 95
The Premodern Worldviewp. 101
Cultural Assumptionsp. 103
Theological Criteriap. 106
Scripture and Exegesisp. 108
A Case Study: Joaquin Salaverri, S.J.p. 111
The Modern Worldviewp. 113
Cultural Assumptionsp. 114
Theological Criteriap. 117
Scripture and Exegesisp. 120
A Case Study: Karl Rahner, S.J.p. 122
Conclusionp. 125
Apostolicity in a Postmodern Worldp. 127
An Attempt to Delineate Postmodernismp. 127
Five Postmodern Characteristicsp. 130
Rejection of a Dualistic View of the Worldp. 130
Rejection of Foundationalismp. 131
Rejection of "Totalization" and the Role of Metanarrativesp. 133
Threat of Anti-Human Nihilismp. 135
Return of the "Other" and Relationalityp. 139
Historyp. 145
Historicity and Human Freedomp. 148
Pluralismp. 150
Apostolicity in a Postmodern Perspectivep. 159
Apostolicity in Ecumenical Dialoguep. 165
The Roman Catholic-Anglican Dialoguep. 165
"The Final Report"p. 167
"Church as Communion"p. 170
"The Gift of Authority"p. 174
The Roman Catholic-Lutheran Dialoguep. 177
"The Gospel and the Church"p. 179
"The Ministry in the Church"p. 180
"Facing Unity"p. 182
"Church and Justification"p. 183
BEM of Faith and Order of the World Council of Churchesp. 187
British and Irish Anglican Churches and Nordic and Baltic Lutheran Churchesp. 193
The Orthodox-Roman Catholic Dialoguep. 196
Apostolicity in an Ecumenical Churchp. 201
Apostolic Succession in Lutheranismp. 201
Episkope and Episcopacyp. 211
Meaning of the Term "Validity"p. 218
The Question of the Recognition of Ministryp. 223
Apostolic Ministry and the Church as Fundamental Sacramentp. 237
Apostolic Succession in Postconciliar Roman Catholicismp. 246
Again, Postmodernismp. 249
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ISBN: 9780814651216
ISBN-10: 0814651216
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Michael Glazier Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36