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Models Of The Church : Image Classic - Avery Dulles

Models Of The Church

Image Classic

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Published: 1st April 1991
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There is today a dramatic reexamination of structure, authority, dogma -- indeed, every aspect of the life of the Church is held up to scrutiny. Welcoming this as a sign of vitality, Avery Dulles has carefully studied the writings of contemporary Protestant and Catholic ecclesiologists and sifted out six major approaches, or "models," through which the Church's character can be understood: as Institution, Mystical Communion, Sacrament, Herald, Servant, and, in a recent addition to the book, as Community of Disciples. A balanced theology, he concludes, must incorporate the major affirmations of each. "The method of models or types," observes Cardinal Dulles, "can have great value in helping people to get beyond the limitations of their own particular outlook and to enter into fruitful conversation with others... Such conversation is obviously essential if ecumenism is to get beyond its present impasses."

This new edition includes a new Appendix and Preface by the author.

Introduction to the 2002 Edition
Introductionp. 1
The Use of Models in Ecclesiologyp. 7
The Church as Institutionp. 26
The Church as Mystical Communionp. 39
The Church as Sacramentp. 55
The Church as Heraldp. 68
The Church as Servantp. 81
The Church and Eschatologyp. 95
The True Churchp. 114
The Church and the Churchesp. 130
Ecclesiology and Ministryp. 152
The Church and Revelationp. 167
The Evaluation of Modelsp. 181
The Church: Community of Disciplesp. 195
The Ecclesiology of John Paul IIp. 219
Notesp. 243
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780385133685
ISBN-10: 0385133685
Series: Image Classic
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st April 1991
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.3  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised