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Images, Understandings, and Models of the Church in History: An Update

Gleeson, Brian (2008) Images, Understandings, and Models of the Church in History: An Update. Australian E-Journal of Theology, 12. ISSN 1448-6326

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The author revisits and personally comments upon the now classic work of Avery Dulles, Models of the Church, which he first published in 1974 and updated subsequently. He recalls Dulles’ interpretations of the nature and mission of the church in terms of institution; communion; sacrament; herald; and servant (1974), and in subsequent editions his synthetic model of community of disciples. To the perspectives of Dulles, the author adds recent comments upon and developments of, some of Dulles’ categories, as offered by John Fuellenbach. Two additional models, as proposed by Fuellenbach, are introduced into the mix. These are 1. the church as basic ecclesial communities; and 2. the church as a contrast society. The author concludes by endorsing Dulles’ earlier conclusion as still applicable, that ‘by a kind of mental juggling act, we need to keep several models in the air at once’.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Ecclesiology, Avery Dulles, John Fuellenbach
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: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Repository Manager
Date Deposited: 24 May 2010 02:48
Last Modified: 31 May 2010 02:54
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/472

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