The Church against Itself: An Inquiry into the Conditions of Historical Existence for the Eschatological Community

The Church against Itself: An Inquiry into the Conditions of Historical Existence for the Eschatological Community

The Church against Itself: An Inquiry into the Conditions of Historical Existence for the Eschatological Community

The Church against Itself: An Inquiry into the Conditions of Historical Existence for the Eschatological Community

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This collection of essays, without attempting the style of a systematic theology, nevertheless is committed to a certain underlying unity of viewpoint, and this viewpoint should be explained at the outset. The conception of these essays eschews the systematic presentation that starts from 'God' and works through to the 'last things'. This mode of presentation does not really reflect the way we live. Rather the presentation here is more like the spokes of a wheel which drives out lines of inquiry from a central focus. The focus itself is undefinable. It ever escapes our conceptualisations, but by moving out from it in various directions and circling around its central axis, we can gradually obtain a clearer sense of its dynamics.

The theological tradition in which these essays stand is that of modern dialectical theology or crisis theology. A dialectical mode of ecclesiology may appear to many people, accustomed to traditional thinking, as shocking polemic against the church and unheard-of audacity in a church member. It is unfortunate, but probably inevitable, that this will be the reaction of many Roman . . .

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