By James K. Lee
Over the process the previous centuries, Augustine's ecclesiology has been topic to interpretations that overdraw the excellence among the obvious and invisible dimensions of the church, occasionally decreasing the church to a in basic terms religious, invisible truth, over opposed to the seen church celebrating the sacraments; the empirical group is incidental, at top, and will be discarded. in contrast, this publication argues that the church is a secret that's noticeable and invisible. faraway from discarding the seen, Augustine areas better emphasis at the empirical church as his suggestion develops.
This learn lines Augustine’s ecclesiology from early writings to later works as a way to display this thesis. His early notion is seriously inspired by means of Platonism and has a tendency to target the ascent of the person soul. After his research of Scripture within the 390s, Augustine supplies precedence to participation within the obvious, sacramental group. In his mature idea, the church is one secret (mysterium, sacramentum) published by way of Scripture, with seen and invisible elements. This publication explores Augustine’s exegesis of biblical photographs of the church, comparable to physique of Christ, bride of Christ, urban of God, and sacrifice, so as to convey how the seen neighborhood is intrinsic to the secret of the church.
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