By Miroslav Volf
In After Our Likeness, Miroslav Volf explores the connection among individuals and group in Christian theology. He seeks to counter the trends towards individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and provides neighborhood its due.
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His own ecclesiology, however, is so little a case of hierarchology that one could state its essentials without mentioning office even once. On the other hand, the concept of office is already contained in Ratzinger's understanding of the act of faith that makes a person into a Christian, and it is most certainly contained in his understanding of the Eucharist as that which makes the church into a communion and in his understanding of the word of God. 137 Office, however, is subordinated to sacraments and the word.
198. , 30. 199. Ibid, 29. 200. Ratzinger, Das neue Volk 243; cf. Ratzinger, Volk, 146. 201. Ratzinger, Church, 20. Ratzinger has written little about the Trinity, though key passages in his argumentation do regularly contain brief references to the relations between the triune God and human beings. These references, however, reflect what closer examination confirms, namely, that all the crucial elements in his ecclesiology and entire theology are rooted in the doctrine of the Trinity. The entire life of the church, including its spirituality and structures, is shaped in correspondence to a certain understanding of the Trinity.
Ibid. 98. There can be no Eucharist of the universal church in the sense of a statio orbis (see Afanassief, "Statio orbis"; Legrand, Realisation, 166, note 23. 99. Ratzinger, Schauen, 79. 100. ; Fest, 128. 101. Lumen Gentium 26. 102. See Christus Dominus 11. Cf. Ratzinger, Gemeinschaft, 41. 103. 3 below. 104. Ratzinger, Gemeinschaft, 41. So also the document of the Congregation of Faith concerning the church as communio ("Kirche," note 9). 105. 3 below. 106. 2 above. 107. Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 95.
After Our Likeness: The Church As the Image of the Trinity by Miroslav Volf