Synopses & Reviews
The first 2 volumes of Roger Haight's Christian Community in History received enormous critical attention. Of volume 2, a reviewer in the Anglican Theological Review wrote: "This work is worthy of celebration...anyone who cares about the theology of the church must read it." Those volumes of Christian Community in History described the historical diversity of the church across its history (up to the Reformation in vol. 1) and among the churches (since the Reformation in vol. 2). By contrast, vol. 3 is an attempt to describe what the churches possess in common, i.e., to retrieve ecclesiological constants from history reaching back to scriptural origins in order to construct and portray the common ecclesial existence shared by the churches. In more traditional terms, it aims to find the apostolicity, the catholicity, and the unity amidst the plurality of the churches.
About the Author
Roger Haight, SJ, has a PhD from the University of Chicago (1973) and a STL from the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago (1981). He has taught for over 30 years in Jesuit schools of theology in Chicago, Toronto, the Philippines, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has been a visiting professor in France, India, Peru, and Kenya. He is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (1994/95). Jesus Symbol of God won 1st place in the Catholic Press Association's 2000 Book Award for theology. Dynamics of Theology won 2nd place in CPA's 1991 Book Award for Theology. His most recent work is Christian Community in History in 2 volumes. He currently teaches at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Table of Contents
Preface Part I THE NOTION OF A CONSTRUCTIVE TRANSDENOMINATIONAL ECCLESIOLOGY
1. WHERE WE DWELL IN COMMON
2. FROM HISTORICAL TO CONSTRUCTIVE ECCLESIOLOGY Part II ECCLESIAL EXISTENCE
3. THE NATURE AND PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH
4. ORGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH
5. MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHURCH
6. ACTIVITIES OF THE CHURCH
7. CHURCH IN RELATION TO THE WORLD
8. ECCLESIAL EXISTENCE AND PARTIAL COMMUNION