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Christian Community in History : Historical Ecclesiology v. 1 - Roger Haight

Christian Community in History

Historical Ecclesiology v. 1

Hardcover Published: 16th September 2004
ISBN: 9780826416308
Number Of Pages: 464

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Drawing upon the methodology developed in his Dynamics of Theology (1990) and exemplified in Jesus Symbol of God (1999), Roger Haight, in this magisterial work, achieves what he calls an historical ecclesiology, or ecclesiology from below. In contrast to traditional ecclesiology from above, which is abstract, idealist, and ahistorical, ecclesiology from below is concrete, realist, and historically conscious. In the first of two volumes, Haight charts the history of the church's self-understandings from the origins of the church in the Jesus movement to the late middle ages. In volume 2, which will appear in the spring of 2005, Haight develops a Comparative Ecclesiology based on the history and diverse theologies of the worldwide Christian movement from the Reformation to the present. While the ultimate focus of the work falls on the structure of the church and its theological self-understanding, it tries to be faithful to the historical, social, and political reality of the church in each period.

Cover Story Feature on Haight National Catholic Reporter, 2/25/05
"Haight displays a laudable awareness of the complexity of issues.... Ultimately, though, what will give this book landmark status in the discipline of ecclesiology will be its method; it is a truly critical and historical study in a discipline struggling with how to order itself in the contemporary theological world." -"Anglican Theological Review"
While maintaining the theological nature of his study, Roger Haight s historical ecclesiology lays a sturdy foundation in a historical, sociological analysis of the beginnings and development of the Christian Church from its origin in Jesus of Nazareth to the eve of the Reformation. This is a groundbreaking volume Haight has served all ecclesiologists well by initiating a way of looking at ecclesiology as it develops on the ground, so to speak. He has done it with theological integrity and clear analyses. He challenges us all to understand differences as values and the most appropriate way for the incarnation to continue through human history, honoring both the human and the divine whether in the stable or the palace of the council chamber. Catholic Studies/ http: //www.CatholicBooksReview.org/, 2005
"Haight presupposes a Christian unity in the face of religious pluralism within the historical context of postmodernity..."- Susan K. Wood--Sanford Lakoff
"Roger Haight's two-volume Christian Community in History is an ambitious, multi-layered work that defines the common divisions in ecclesiological approaches. In integrating a history of the church with both theological and social scientific analyses, Haight adopts themes that James Gustafson explored decades ago in Treasure in Earthen Vessels, but which have pretty much disappeared from ecclesiology ever since."--Sanford Lakoff
"Haight proceeds with a historical analysis of the self-constitution of the Church from its origins as a Jesus movement to the heights of medieval Christendom and concludes the volume with the era of conciliarism in the late medieval Church. Several of the essays cast light on the act of reading scripture as a theological exercise, as an encounter with the divine. Thus, a common thread running through this volume is the theological conviction that the prime subject of scriptural interpretation is in fact the self-revealing God. Other contributions offer fascinating explorations of theological interpretation and intertextuality as exemplified with the scripture itself. Haight's study of late medieval ecclesiology sheds light on the all but forgotten influence of conciliarism in healing the Western rift in the papacy. While I find the author's historical study quite insightful. I found this a very helpful, scholarly trek though the major developments in the Roman Catholic Church's self-understanding." -"Toronto" Journal of Theology

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Question of Method
Historical Ecclesiologyp. 17
Ecclesiology from Abovep. 18
Toward an Ecclesiology from Belowp. 26
Ecclesiology from Belowp. 56
The Formation of the Church
Genesis of the Churchp. 69
Emerging Church: A Historical Narrativep. 71
A Social-Anthropological Accountp. 89
A Theological Accountp. 110
Principles for a Historical Ecclesiologyp. 125
The Pre-Constantinian Churchp. 141
Historical Developmentp. 142
Social and Theological Analysisp. 152
Description of the Pre-Constantinian Churchp. 176
Principles for a Historical Ecclesiologyp. 191
The Post-Constantinian Church: 300-600p. 199
Historical Developmentp. 200
Social and Theological Analysisp. 219
Description of the Post-Constantinian Churchp. 242
Principles for a Historical Ecclesiologyp. 256
The Church in the Middle Ages
The Gregorian Reform and the New Medieval Churchp. 267
Historical Developmentp. 268
Social and Theological Analysisp. 290
Description of the Western Church in the High Middle Agesp. 318
Principles for a Historical Ecclesiologyp. 337
Conciliarism and the Late Medieval Churchp. 345
Historical Developmentp. 346
Social and Theological Analysisp. 359
Description of the Church in the Late Medieval Periodp. 406
Principles for a Historical Ecclesiologyp. 417
Indexp. 425
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ISBN: 9780826416308
ISBN-10: 0826416306
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 16th September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.2  x 3.33
Weight (kg): 0.85
Edition Number: 1