By Miroslav Volf
In After Our Likeness, Miroslav Volf explores the connection among individuals and neighborhood in Christian theology. He seeks to counter the traits towards individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and provides group its due.
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Extra info for After Our Likeness: The Church As the Image of the Trinity
Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 244. Prior to the Second Vatican Council, Ratzinger wrote that "the most important task of ecclesiology today will be to show how all the essential elements of the visible form of the church are anchored in its being as the body of Christ, and thus are not part of any self-sufficient visibility in which the usurpatory will of human beings opposes the event of God's free love, but rather represents part of that comprehensive reference from the visible to the invisible, the establishment of which was the meaning of the sending of lesus Christ" (Ratzinger, "Leib," 912).
Avery Dulles expresses his preference for the Catholic sacramental and official structures with the conceptual pair "likely/unlikely" (see Dulles, Catholicity, 165). Ratzinger's own ecclesiological point of departure does not allow this. 195. With reference to faith, see Ratzinger, Prinzipienlehre, 35 (though he later takes a more differentiated position: faith cannot reach its full articulation in a private decision of conversion" [p. ]) and Ratzinger, "Theologie," 520; with reference to the status or being of the church and bishop, see Ratzinger, Prinzipienlehre, 266; with reference to the word of God, see Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 148.
135. Reid, "Report," 131. 136. Neither, of course, can the resolutions of councils create truth. , 129f; Report, 61). 137. See Ratzinger, "Traditionsbegriff," 27; Das neue Volk, 119. 52 53 AFTER OUR LIKENESS Ratzinger: Communion and the Whole constitutes the essence of the church. Only insofar as office is necessary for the sacraments and for the word does it belong to the esse of the church. In any case, the purpose of office is to be a "means," albeit an indispensable means, for the sacrament and the word and only as such then for the being of the church as church.
After Our Likeness: The Church As the Image of the Trinity by Miroslav Volf