A History of Decision-Making in the Church
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- Author: Paul Valliere, Butler University, Indiana
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Conciliarism is one of the oldest and most essential means of decision-making in the history of the Christian Church. Indeed, as a leading Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann states, 'Before we understand the place and the function of the council in the Church, we must, therefore, see the Church herself as a council.' Paul Valliere tells the story of councils and conciliar decision-making in the Christian Church from earliest times to the present. Drawing extensively upon the scholarship on conciliarism which has appeared in the last half-century, Valliere brings a broad ecumenical perspective to the study and shows how the conciliar tradition of the Christian past can serve as a resource for resolving conflicts in the Church today. The book presents a conciliarism which involves historical legacy, but which leads us forward, not backward, and which keeps the Church's collective eyes on the prize – the eschatological kingdom of God.Read more
- Provides a comprehensive overview of the history of councils and conciliar decision-making in the Christian church
- Presents conciliarism within a broad ecumenical perspective, paying attention to all major streams of the Christian tradition
- Includes analysis of the contemporary Anglican crisis, offering Anglicans and other Christians a better understanding of conflict-resolution in the church
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"Paul Valliere’s impressive and engaging Conciliarism: A History of Decision-Making in the Church … should be read and seriously considered by anyone concerned with the problem of authority within Anglicanism."
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"How to create legitimacy at the universal level for a group of distinct autonomous churches will be a question high on the agenda of the next archbishop of Canterbury. The suggestions offered in this fascinating and often tantalizing book might feasibly offer him a degree of hope for the future."
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- Date Published: March 2012
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139227841
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Table of Contents
1. The conciliar testament
2. The conciliar tradition
3. The conciliar theory
4. Conciliarism in Anglican experience
5. The Pan-Anglican Council
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