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Models of the Church

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Avery Dulles, one of America's leading theologians, surveys the different understandings among Protestant and Catholic theologians of what a church is and sums them up in Models of the Church, a bestseller since its 1978 publication. Six major models emerge: the church as institution, mystical communion, sacrament, herald, servant, and community of disciples.

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Avery Dulles, one of America's leading theologians, surveys the different understandings among Protestant and Catholic theologians of what a church is and sums them up in Models of the Church, a bestseller since its 1978 publication. Six major models emerge: the church as institution, mystical communion, sacrament, herald, servant, and community of disciples.

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.

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Series Title
Image Classics
Publisher
The Crown Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
Avery Dulles
ISBN-13
9780385133685
Publication Date
August, 1991
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.24 x 5.52 x 0.78 Inches
ISBN-10
0385133685

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