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Meta-Ecclesiology : Chronicles on Church Awareness (Hardcover) (Cyril Hovorun)

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Aphrahat, the Syrian poet who lived in the fourth century, described the church of Christ as a coloured bird. What does this bird see when, flying above the surface of the ever–changing sea, it looks at its own reflection? This book considers how the church has permanently re–imagined itself over the course of its historical journey. Far from being a constant, the self–awareness of the church has varied in relation to theological and philosophical trends together with social and political circumstances. Any theory of the church based on a single snapshot of its self–perception is incapable of catching the invariable 'self' of the church and describing it without reduction. Instead, by examining a series of 'selfies' taken from the first century to the present day, this book offers a framework through which the church can be better comprehended in our time.

Aphrahat, the Syrian poet who lived in the fourth century, described the church of Christ as a coloured bird. What does this bird see when, flying above the surface of the ever?changing sea, it looks at its own reflection? This book considers how the church has permanently re?imagined itself over the course of its historical journey. Far from being a constant, the self?awareness of the church has varied in relation to theological and philosophical trends together with social and political circumstances. Any theory of the church based on a single snapshot of its self?perception is incapable of catching the invariable 'self' of the church and describing it without reduction. Instead, by examining a series of 'selfies' taken from the first century to the present day, this book offers a framework through which the church can be better comprehended in our time.

Number of Pages: 242.0
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Christianity / Theology / Ecclesiology
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Cyril Hovorun
Language: English
Street Date: August 26, 2015
TCIN: 46769549
UPC: 9781137545411
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-9476

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