By Miroslav Volf
In After Our Likeness, Miroslav Volf explores the connection among folks and group in Christian theology. He seeks to counter the developments towards individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and provides neighborhood its due.
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58 If the relation to all other churches is essential for the ecclesiality of the local church, and if the bishop of Rome is essential for the unity of the church, then the bishop of Rome is also essential for the ecclesiality of individual local churches. "164 That this ecumenically so offensive thesis could come from Ratzinger's pen can surprise only those unfamiliar with his theology. The systematic vortex of his eucharistic ecclesiology 161. See Ratzinger, Introduction, 187f. 162. The principle of "individuals" must apply at the local level no less than at the universal level, since it is in the local church that the entire being of the church as church is actualized.
202 Nor would we expect anything different in an ecclesiology whose basic category is Christus totus, since Christus totus implies that the church, constituting one subject with Christ, is integrated into the trinitarian life of God. 1. Ratzinger's basic ecclesiological and soteriological conviction concerning the relation of the individual Christian to the collective subject of the church presupposes a certain understanding of personhood, one Ratzinger develops in analogy to trinitarian personhood.
577 (my emphasis). 124. Stallsworth, "Story," 118. Similarly already Ratzinger, Geschichtstheologie, 69, 83. 125. Stallsworth, "Story," 167. 126. See Ratzinger, "Buchstabe," 257. 127. Ratzinger, "Theologie," 516; cf. "Schriftauslegung," 21. 128. Ratzinger, "Schriftauslegung," 21. 129. See Ratzinger, "Glaubensvermittlung," 31. 51 AFTER OUR LIKENESS Ratzinger: Communion and the Whole church would take us far beyond the goal of the present critical analysis of Ratzinger's ecclesiology. I will limit myself to a brief examination of his critique with regard to the hypothetical character of exegetical results.
After Our Likeness: The Church As the Image of the Trinity by Miroslav Volf