The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology

ISBN : 9780198837466

Paul Avis
672 ページ
171 x 246 mm
Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology is a unique scholarly resource for the study of the Christian Church as we find it in the Bible, in history, and today. As the scholarly study of how we understand the Christian Church's identity and mission, ecclesiology is at the centre of today's theological research, reflection, and debate. Ecclesiology is the theological driver of the ecumenical movement. The main focus of the intense ecumenical engagement and dialogue of the past half-century has been ecclesiological and this is the area where the most intractable differences remain to be tackled. Ecclesiology investigates the Church's manifold self-understanding in relation to a number of areas: the origins, structures, authority, doctrine, ministry, sacraments, unity, diversity, and mission of the Church, including its relation to the state and to society and culture. The sources of ecclesiological reflection are the Bible (interpreted in the light of scholarly research), Church history, and the wealth of the Christian theological tradition, together with the information and insights that emerge from other relevant academic disciplines. This Handbook considers the biblical resources, historical development, and contemporary initiatives in ecclesiology. It offers an invaluable and comprehensive guide to understanding the Church.


List of contributors
1 Paul Avis: Introduction to Ecclesiology
Part I: Biblical Foundations
2 R. W. L. Moberly: The Ecclesiology of Israel's Scriptures
3 Loveday Alexander: The Church in the Synoptic Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles
4 Andrew T. Lincoln: The Johannine vision of the Church
5 Edward Adams: The Shape of the Pauline Churches
6 Gerald O'Collins, SJ: The Church in the General Epistles
Part II: Resources from the Tradition
7 Mark Edwards: Early Ecclesiology in the West
8 Andrew Louth: The Eastern Orthodox Tradition
9 Norman Tanner, SJ: Medieval Ecclesiology and the Conciliar Movement
10 Dorothea Wendebourg: The Church in the Magisterial Reformers
11 Paul Avis: Anglican Ecclesiology
12 Ormond Rush: Roman Catholic Ecclesiology from the Council of Trent to Vatican II and Beyond
13 Paul S. Fiddes: Baptist Concepts of the Church and their Antecedents
14 David M. Chapman: Methodism and the Church
15 Amos Yong: Pentecostal Ecclesiologies
Part III: Major Modern Ecclesiologists
16 Kimlyn J. Bender: Karl Barth
17 Gabriel Flynn: Yves Congar
18 Gabriel Flynn: Henri de Lubac
19 Richard Lennan: Karl Rahner
20 Theodor Dieter: Joseph Ratzinger
21 Paul McPartlan: John Zizioulas
22 Friederike Nussel: Wolfhart Pannenberg
23 Mike Higton: Rowan Williams
Part IV: Contemporary Movements in Ecclesiology
24 Elaine Graham: Feminist Critiques, Visions, and Models of the Church
25 Neil Ormerod: Social Science and Ideological Critiques of Ecclesiology
26 Michelle A. Gonzalez: Liberationist Ecclesiologies with Special Reference to Latin America
27 Simon Chan: Asian Ecclesiologies
28 Stan Chu Ilo: African Ecclesiologies


Paul Avis is a priest in the Church of England. He was Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion, Exeter University, 2008-17. He is editor-in-chief of Ecclesiology. His publications include Reshaping Ecumenical Theology: The Church Made Whole?, The Identity of Anglicanism: Essentials of Anglican Ecclesiology (2008), and A Ministry Shaped by Mission (2005).