Ecumenism, Christian Origins and the Practice of Communion by Nicholas SagovskyEcumenism, Christian Origins and the Practice of Communion by Nicholas Sagovsky

Ecumenism, Christian Origins and the Practice of Communion

byNicholas Sagovsky

Paperback | November 27, 2008

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The theology of communion, or Koinonia, has been at the centre of the ecumenical movement for more than thirty years. It is central to the self-understanding of the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, and has been prominent in the work of the World Council of Churches. This book, based on the 1996 Hulsean Lectures, examines the significance of Koinonia for contemporary ecumenical theology, tracing the development of contemporary understanding in critical engagement with the thoughts of Plato, Aristotle, the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, the Cappadocian Fathers and Augustine. In each case, reflection on community life is related to actual communities in which texts were produced. The importance of conflict and the place of politics for the Koinonia that constitutes the Christian churches is a major theme throughout. Communion is seen as a gift to be received and a discipline to be cultivated in the continuing practice of ecumenism.
Title:Ecumenism, Christian Origins and the Practice of CommunionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.51 inPublished:November 27, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521090539

ISBN - 13:9780521090537


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. The common life; 2. Communion: Anglicans, Roman Catholics and ecumenical consensus; 3. Plato's vision; 4. Aristotle's revisionism; 5. Covenant and community; 6. Little communities and the Catholic church; 7. Cappadocian Koinonia; 8. Augustine and the story of communion; 9. Ecumenism and the practice of communion.

Editorial Reviews

"This work is a valuable contribution to contemporary ecumencial theology." Religious Studies Review