It’s not even going to be one when it grows up: rather the reverse! This is the five-year, 500 page book version of the project I have in mind. But I’ve always been the kind of person who has to write all the terms of the equation on the blackboard, and then figure out which ones are negligible and can be ignored. Or to say it another way, I have to start with the comprehensively detailed description, and then figure out what to cut and how to compress.
So here is the comprehensive, nay, voluminous, prodigious, elephantine version with (almost) all the terms included:
The School of Right Desire:
Constructing a Mimetic Ecclesiology
Thesis: The insights of mimetic theology can be applied and organized to produce a coherent and fruitful ecclesiology.
Motivation; context; similar approaches.
1. Systematic ecclesiology
Systematic frameworks; ecclesiology “from below”; church as praxis.
2. Mimetic theology
Mimetic theory; from theory to theology; theological anthropology; atonement; pneumatology; liturgics.
3. Mimetic ecclesiology
Integrating the pieces of chapter 2 into a framework from chapter 1. Strengths, weaknesses, limitations.
4. The church and the Christian
Formational practices; identity.
5. The church and the world
Expressive practices; mission.
6. The church and the churches
Notes, marks, and streams; lived experience and object of faith; emergence Christianity; ecumenical relations; institutional forms.
Comparison with other ecclesiologies; fruitfulness; implications; future work.
…whew! Any advice on getting this down to 9 months and 80-100 pages? One approach that occurs to me is to take the first three chapters and the last, and confine myself to brief remarks in the direction of the other three chapters.
Another might be to skimp chapters 1 and 2, write 3, and pick one of 4/5/6.
Other ideas? Pros and cons? All advice and suggestions will be gratefully accepted.