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Ecclesiology and Election in the Early Fathers

Lindsay, Mark R. (2017) Ecclesiology and Election in the Early Fathers. Colloquium, 49 (1). pp. 74-88. ISSN 0588-3237


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The doctrine of election has been one of the most contested theological loci throughout the Church’s history. Particularly since the Reformation, it has suffered from two basic problems. First, the doctrine has tended to be individualized. Second, the interpretive emphasis has tended to focus on the question of human destiny, rather than upon the eternal and pre-temporal origins of God’s decision. In this article, I demonstrate that, no matter what other issues there may be, two of the Church’s very earliest leaders—Ignatius of Antioch and Origen of Alexandria—avoided these problems by considering election only ever in the context of the Church community, and always with greater reference to God’s eternally free decision than to any
individual’s ultimate fate.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Election, community, church, early Christianity, Ignatius, Origen
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2017 01:02
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:15
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2867

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