Models of the Church (Image Classics)

Models of the Church Image Classics Avery Dulles one of America s leading theologians surveys the different understandings among Protestant and Catholic theologians of what a church is and sums them up in Models of the Church a bests

  • Title: Models of the Church (Image Classics)
  • Author: Avery Dulles
  • ISBN: 9780385133685
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • Models of the Church (Image Classics)

    Avery Dulles, one of America s leading theologians, surveys the different understandings among Protestant and Catholic theologians of what a church is and sums them up in Models of the Church, a bestseller since its 1978 publication Six major models emerge the church as institution, mystical communion, sacrament, herald, servant, and community of disciples.

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    1. Bob

      Dulles follows the model of H. Richard Neibuhr in Christ and Culture in proposing five models for the church: institutional, communion, sacramental, herald, and servant. He weighs the strengths and deficiencies of each model and their biblical warrants. He then assesses each model in terms of eschatology, ecumenicity, how we think about ministry under each model, and the relation of models of the church to models of revelation (on which Dulles has also written). He concludes by arguing that all [...]

    2. Johnny Kennedy

      While not having been active in the field for nearly twenty years, I am astonished on how readable, cogent, and nuanced Avery Cardinal Dulles’ book is. Hard to believe that it was written in 1974 but is still applicable to today’s Church. His eminence examines Roman Catholic ecclesiology through five different models: Church as Institution, Mystical Communion, Sacrament, Herald, and Servant. A very good read for anyone wishing to have a deeper understanding Roman Catholic ecclesiology.A side [...]

    3. Sally

      I am half-way through Avery Dulles's book, Models of the Church. It is a God-send, helping me to discover a multitude of helpful ways of thinking of the Church, and freeing me to set aside some of the unhelpful ways that I had thought were required thinking for Catholics.Dulles presents 5 distinct models for understanding the Church: the Church as Institution, as Communion, as Sacrament, as Herald and as Servant. Rather than favoring any single model over the others, he presents the strengths an [...]

    4. Jeremy Garber

      Roman Catholic theologian Avery Dulles provides a helpful and easily comprehended system of models to help understand the church’s purpose and mission. Although some might argue that Dulles’ work is outdated merely by virtue of its year of publication, this typology still proves stimulating toward working toward one’s own conception of what the church does and how that conception compares with others. Dulles carefully realizes the utility and the limitation of models, and within that caref [...]

    5. Marc

      Dulles' classic exposition from 1974 of the various models of church (institutional, mystical communion, sacrament, hearld, servant) found among the various Christian churches updated by the author to include a 'correlative category' of church as community of disciples, as well as a good appendix on the ecclesiology of Pope John Paul II. The book also contains insights on theology of church as it relates to other areas of systematic theology (ecumenism, ministry, and revelation) along with an ev [...]

    6. Justin Dela Cruz

      Book Notes:The Use of Models in EcclesiologyThe Church is mainly described by imagery -both inside and outside of the BibleWhen an image is used to reflectively and critically deepen one's understanding of a reality, it is called a "model"2 types: -Explanatory: these models serve to synthesize what we already know or believe -Exploratory: these models have the capacity to lead to new theological insightsThere is always a sense of mystery with models, never fully understandingThe Church as Instit [...]

    7. Pete Hansen

      a book for my class on Ecclesiology, started slow, but I learned a lot about church models thru the reading, discussions and papers written.

    8. Erica Russell

      Read this book for my Religion class (The Church and the Holy Spirit) interesting read written from the view of the Catholic church.

    9. Joshua Duffy

      great book by Cardinal Dulles. Catholic in nature, but ecumenical in spirit. A few chps in this one were AMAZING, others just ok, imo, but I enjoyed it as a whole nonetheless.

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