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A Mimetic Doctrine of the Church: The Locus of Desire for Salvation

The first thing to be said about a mimetic ecclesiology is that it produces a very strong doctrine of the church. Not strong in the sense of triumphalism, but in the sense of essential: if human beings desire according to … Continue reading

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What should ecclesiology study?

Ecclesiology should study the church in all its complexity, both synchronic and diachronic, historical and eschatological. This complex church comprises the social/communal human response – initiated, shaped, and sustained by the Holy Spirit – to the Christ event. It is … Continue reading

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Rosemary Haughton on Mother Church and her twin sister

…here I want to suggest an answer by sketching two allegorical figures. One of them is a very familiar personage. Her name is “Mother Church.” She is, in many ways, an admirable and dedicated person, deeply concerned about her children, … Continue reading

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This is not a thesis proposal.

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 … Continue reading

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Approaches to Ecclesiology

Ecclesiology, the theology of the church, is relatively young as a distinct theological discipline, and there is no one standard method of constructing an ecclesiology. As in other disciplines, there are a couple of basic approaches one can take, which … Continue reading

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The Bride of Christ: a feminist reading

The image of the church, or the soul, as the Bride of Christ is a longstanding one in Christian theology, and can be seen as complementary to the image of the church as the Body of Christ. The traditional reading … Continue reading

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N. T. Wright’s “Big Book on Paul”

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend an informal colloquium given by N. T. Wright at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology on 10 May, in which he gave us a (necessarily, extremely compressed and) brief overview of the … Continue reading

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The Bible, the Church, and the Holy Spirit

I came across this post on The Evolution of the Bible – and the Evolution of Us today that fits neatly into a conversation I had the other day: Nineteenth-century source criticism was all about trying to uncover the various … Continue reading

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Lent Madness this week

I haven’t had any strong favorites in the matchups this week so I haven’t been lobbying, but I thought I’d post a little update. I voted for Augustine who lost to his mother; for Bonhoeffer who beat the Apostle James … Continue reading

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Hermeneutics, Suspicion, and Generosity

A neat concise definition of the “hermeneutic of suspicion” offered by feminist theologian Corinna Guerrero today: Essentially, a hermeneutic of suspicion identifies the disconnect between rhetoric and a lived reality. The lived lives of women are different than the pontifications … Continue reading

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