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Does God Need the Church? : Toward a Theology of the People of God - Gerhard Lohfink

Does God Need the Church?

Toward a Theology of the People of God

By: Gerhard Lohfink, Linda M. Maloney (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st June 1999
ISBN: 9780814659281
Number Of Pages: 352

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Are not al religions equally close to and equally far from God? Why, then, the Church? Gerhard Lohfink poses these questions with scholarly reliability and on the basis of his own experience of community in Does God Need the Church? In 1982 Father Lohfink wrote Wie hat Jesus Gemeinde gewollt? (translated into English asJesus and Community) to show, on the basis of the New Testament, that faith is founded in a community that distinguishes itself in clear contours from the rest of society. In that book he also described a sequence of events that moved directly from commonality to a community that was readily accessible to every group of people and was made legitimate by Jesus himself. Only later did Father Lohfink learn, within a new horizon of experience, that such a description is not the way to community. The story of the gathering of the people of God, from Abraham until today, never took place according to such a model. Today Father Lohfink states that he would not write Wie hat Jesus Gemeinde gewollt? the same way. The situation of belief and believers has undergone a shift: the question of the Church has become much more urgent. Church life is declining and the religions are returning, often in new guises. In light of these shifts and the change in his own view of community, Father Lohfink inquires in Does God Need the Church? of Israel's theology, Jesus' praxis, the experiences of the early Christian communities, and of what is appearing in the Church today. These inquiries lead to an amazing history involving God and the world - a history that God presses forward with the aid of a single people and that always turns out differently from what they think and plan. Gerhard Lohfink, ThD, was professor of New Testament exegesis at the University of Tubingen until 1986 when he resigned from his professorship in order to live and work as a theologian in the Catholic Integrierte Gemeinde and its community of priests.

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." . . offers the reader a full-blown biblical and pastoral foundation for the life of the Church, emphasizing its roots in Judaism and the centrality of community. His informed portrayal of the early Church is not intended simply as a historical sketch but as a model for an invigorated Church today."The Bible Today

Why I Am Writing This Bookp. vii
Why God Needs a Special Peoplep. 1
God is God, and Not Worldp. 1
Evolution and History Belong to Creationp. 7
God Risks a History Tainted by Sinp. 15
God Wills the Salvation of the Whole Worldp. 21
The Salvation of the World Demands a Concrete Placep. 26
That Concrete Place Is Israelp. 31
What Does It Mean to Say that God Is Almighty?p. 39
The Characteristic Signs of Israelp. 51
Gathering as a People of Godp. 51
A People of Faithp. 60
The Exodus Experiencep. 67
The Torah as Social Projectp. 74
A History of Resistancep. 88
The Scarlet Thread of Salvation Historyp. 97
The Quest for the Form of the People of Godp. 106
Jesus and the Figure of the Twelvep. 121
What Is "New" About the "New Testament"?p. 121
The "Todayness" of the Reign of Godp. 134
Salvation Superabundantp. 139
The Basic Sacramental Structure of Jesus' Actionsp. 150
The Manifold Character of Vocation: Apostles, Disciples, Peoplep. 164
Table Manners in the Reign of Godp. 173
The Death of Jesus: A Death for the People of Godp. 184
The Characteristic Signs of the Churchp. 203
The Exodus Continuesp. 208
The Church Gathersp. 218
The Church's Most Intensive Moment Is Rememberingp. 236
The Church Is to Be the Body of Christp. 253
Faith Must Be Learnedp. 264
The Church and Wholenessp. 273
The Church's Deepest Wound Is Disunityp. 290
The Church and Ip. 311
Church, What Do You Have to Say for Yourself? (Arnold Stotzel)p. 323
A Word of Thanksp. 325
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780814659281
ISBN-10: 0814659284
Series: Michael Glazier Books
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st June 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.89 x 15.34  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.54