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OXFORD STU IN HISTORICAL THEOLOGY SERIES

Unity and Catholicity in Christ

The Ecclesiology of Francisco Suarez, S.J.

Eric J. DeMeuse

Unity and Catholicity in Christ

OXFORD STU IN HISTORICAL THEOLOGY SERIES

Unity and Catholicity in Christ

The Ecclesiology of Francisco Suarez, S.J.

OXFORD STU IN HISTORICAL THEOLOGY SERIES: Unity and Catholicity in Christ

 

Debates concerning the relationship between Tridentine Catholicism and Catholicism after Vatican II dominate theological conversation today, particularly with regard to understandings of the Church and its engagement with the world.


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Debates concerning the relationship between Tridentine Catholicism and Catholicism after Vatican II dominate theological conversation today, particularly with regard to the Church and its engagement with the world. Current historical narratives paint ecclesiology after the Council of Trent as dominated by juridical concerns, uniformity, and institutionalism. Purportedly neglected are the spiritual, diverse, and missional aspects of the Church. This book challenges
such narratives by investigating the theology of ecclesial unity and catholicity of the renowned Spanish Jesuit Francisco Suárez (1548-1617). Analyzing standard as well as overlooked sources of Suárez's ecclesiology, Eric J. DeMeuse shows how Suárez wrestles with the new demands of his time and
anticipates later ecumenical developments in twentieth-century Catholic ecclesiology.

Early modern expansion prompted theologians after Trent to reckon with the ecclesial status of baptized Protestants, the Greek Orthodox, and non-believers in the New World. It further prompted reflection on the universality, or catholicity, of the Church, and how the Church's mission to the nations serves her greater unity in Christ. DeMeuse demonstrates Suárez's vision of the Church to be deeply spiritual, diverse, and missional—not at the expense of the institutional, but as its
necessary and life-giving source. This book further explores not only Suárez's speculative ecclesiology, but how the unity and catholicity of the body of Christ are lived out in practice: in the worship and works of the faithful, and, most notably, in the charism of his own religious order, the Society of Jesus.
Suárez's theology shows what the spiritual dynamic between Christic unity and missional catholicity should look like in the Church.


ISBN
9780197638637
Pagina's
216
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Serie
OXFORD STU IN HISTORICAL THEOLOGY SERIES
NUR
700
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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