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Does God Need the Church?: Toward a Theology of the People of God

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Are not al religions equally close to and equally far from God? Why, then, the Church? Gerhard Lohfink poses these questions with scholarly reliability and on the basis of his own experience of community in Does God Need the Church?

In 1982 Father Lohfink wrote Wie hat Jesus Gemeinde gewollt? (translated into English asJesus and Community) to show, on the basis of the New Testament, that faith is founded in a community that distinguishes itself in clear contours from the rest of society. In that book he also described a sequence of events that moved directly from commonality to a community that was readily accessible to every group of people and was made legitimate by Jesus himself. Only later did Father Lohfink learn, within a new horizon of experience, that such a description is not the way to community. The story of the gathering of the people of God, from Abraham until today, never took place according to such a model.

Today Father Lohfink states that he would not write Wie hat Jesus Gemeinde gewollt? the same way. The situation of belief and believers has undergone a shift: the question of the Church has become much more urgent. Church life is declining and the religions are returning, often in new guises.

In light of these shifts and the change in his own view of community, Father Lohfink inquires in Does God Need the Church? of Israel's theology, Jesus' praxis, the experiences of the early Christian communities, and of what is appearing in the Church today. These inquiries lead to an amazing history involving God and the world - a history that God presses forward with the aid of a single people and that always turns out differently from what they think and plan.

Gerhard Lohfink, ThD, was professor of New Testament exegesis at the University of Tubingen until 1986 when he resigned from his professorship in order to live and work as a theologian in the Catholic Integrierte Gemeinde and its community of priests.

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..". a full-blown biblical and pastoral foundation for the life of the Church, emphasizing its roots in Judaism and the centrality of community..."

About the Author

Gerhard Lohfink was professor of New Testament exegesis at the University of Tübingen. Since 1986, he has lived and worked as a theologian for the Catholic Integrated Community. His many books include Jesus of Nazareth and Does God Need the Church?, both from Liturgical Press

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814659281
Translator:
Maloney, Linda M.
Author:
Maloney, Linda M.
Author:
Maroney, Linda M.
Author:
Lohfink, Gerhard
Publisher:
Michael Glazier Books
Location:
Collegeville, Minn.
Subject:
Jesus christ
Subject:
Crucifixion
Subject:
Theology - Academic
Subject:
Church
Subject:
Theology - Ecclesiology
Subject:
People of God
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - Ecclesiology
Subject:
Christian Theology - Ecclesiology
Subject:
Church -- Biblical teaching.
Subject:
People of God -- Biblical teaching.
Subject:
Christianity-Ecclesiology
Subject:
Catholicism
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19990631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
252
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.25 lb

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