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The Catholicity of the Church - Avery Dulles

The Catholicity of the Church

Paperback Published: 8th October 1987
ISBN: 9780198266952
Number Of Pages: 208

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Avery Dulles, well-known for several previous works in ecclesiology, including Models of the Church, here surveys a theme that demands new treatment in the present global and ecumenical context. He deals with questions that are vital for the identity of churches that designate themselves Catholic, and for the relationship between these churches and Protestant forms of Christianity. The prospects of Catholicism are realistically appraised. The Catholicity of the Church reproduces, in slightly revised form, the Martin D'Arcy Lectures delivered by Fr Dulles at Campion Hall, University of Oxford. 'In theology such as this the seeds of real unity between divided Christendom are being sown.' B.L. Horne, 'This is a fine book, providing a framework for fruitful dialogues among Christians of all traditions.' Journal of Theological Studies Expository Times 'This is a refreshing and challenging book, and is of considerable ecumenical importance.' Oliver Rafferty, The Month 'At the heart of ecclesiology is the concept of catholicity, and in tackling the nature of the Church's catholicity Fr Dulles has courageously addressed himself to the crucial ecumenical question.' Roger Greenacre, Theology 'doing honour to the memory of Martin D'Arcy both for its realism and for its renewal of our sense of Catholicism.' Fergus Kerr, The Tablet

'The Catholicity of the Church is made attractive by the intellectual virtues we have come to associate with its author.' Frans Josef van Beeck, Theological Studies 'an intelligent person's guide to catholicity.' Peter Hebblethwaite, Times Literary Supplement 'Avery Dulles, seems to be a perfect guide in the vast field of conciliar, post-conciliar, metaphorical, and ecumentical ecclesiology.' Louvain Studies

the Catholicity Of The Churchp. i
Abbreviationsp. viii
Introduction the Catholic Principlep. 1
The Concept of Catholicity: Yesterday and Todayp. 13
Catholicity from Above: The Fullness of God in Christp. 30
Catholicity from Below: The Aspirations of Naturep. 48
Catholicity in Breadth: Mission and Communionp. 68
Catholicity in Length: Tradition and Developmentp. 87
The Structures of Catholicity: Sacramental and Hierarchicalp. 106
The Centre of Catholicity: Roman Primacyp. 127
Catholic and Protestant: Contrary or Complementary?p. 147
Conclusion Prospects for Catholicityp. 167
Appendix I Representative Texts on the Church as Catholicp. 181
Indexesp. 187
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ISBN: 9780198266952
ISBN-10: 0198266952
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 8th October 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 13.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.27