New PDF release: Augustine and the Mystery of the Church

By James K. Lee

Over the process the prior centuries, Augustine's ecclesiology has been topic to interpretations that overdraw the excellence among the noticeable and invisible dimensions of the church, occasionally lowering the church to a simply religious, invisible fact, over opposed to the seen church celebrating the sacraments; the empirical neighborhood is incidental, at most sensible, and will be discarded. in contrast, this e-book argues that the church is a secret that's seen and invisible. faraway from discarding the obvious, Augustine locations higher emphasis at the empirical church as his suggestion develops.

This examine strains Augustine’s ecclesiology from early writings to later works to be able to reveal this thesis. His early idea is seriously inspired by way of Platonism and has a tendency to target the ascent of the person soul. After his research of Scripture within the 390s, Augustine offers precedence to participation within the seen, sacramental neighborhood. In his mature idea, the church is one secret (mysterium, sacramentum) published via Scripture, with noticeable and invisible features. This publication explores Augustine’s exegesis of biblical photos of the church, corresponding to physique of Christ, bride of Christ, urban of God, and sacrifice, on the way to express how the obvious neighborhood is intrinsic to the secret of the church.

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