By James K. Lee
Over the process the previous centuries, Augustine's ecclesiology has been topic to interpretations that overdraw the excellence among the seen and invisible dimensions of the church, occasionally decreasing the church to a only religious, invisible truth, over opposed to the noticeable church celebrating the sacraments; the empirical neighborhood is incidental, at top, and will be discarded. in contrast, this publication argues that the church is a secret that's noticeable and invisible. faraway from discarding the obvious, Augustine areas larger emphasis at the empirical church as his notion develops.
This research strains Augustine’s ecclesiology from early writings to later works with a view to display this thesis. His early suggestion is seriously stimulated through Platonism and has a tendency to target the ascent of the person soul. After his examine of Scripture within the 390s, Augustine provides precedence to participation within the noticeable, sacramental group. In his mature concept, the church is one secret (mysterium, sacramentum) published by means of Scripture, with noticeable and invisible facets. This ebook explores Augustine’s exegesis of biblical photographs of the church, corresponding to physique of Christ, bride of Christ, urban of God, and sacrifice, which will exhibit how the noticeable neighborhood is intrinsic to the secret of the church.
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