By Miroslav Volf
In After Our Likeness, Miroslav Volf explores the connection among people and group in Christian theology. He seeks to counter the traits towards individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and provides group its due.
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100. ; Fest, 128. 101. Lumen Gentium 26. 102. See Christus Dominus 11. Cf. Ratzinger, Gemeinschaft, 41. 103. 3 below. 104. Ratzinger, Gemeinschaft, 41. So also the document of the Congregation of Faith concerning the church as communio ("Kirche," note 9). 105. 3 below. 106. 2 above. 107. Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 95. 46 47 AFTER OUR LIKENESS Ratzinger: Communion and the Whole 3. "111 Next to transtemporality, communicability is the most important characteristic of tradition as collective memory.
185 This expresses liturgically the fact that the assembled congregation is a church only from and toward the larger church. "186 Quite independent of how appointment to office is to occur, one must certainly ask how compatible is the claim that a local church is a legal subject with the ontological and temporal priority of the larger church. If the local church is only a local church insofar as the larger church, both the invisible and the visible, is realized and active within it, how can it then have rights over against the larger church?
See Ratzinger, "Buchstabe," 257. 127. Ratzinger, "Theologie," 516; cf. "Schriftauslegung," 21. 128. Ratzinger, "Schriftauslegung," 21. 129. See Ratzinger, "Glaubensvermittlung," 31. 51 AFTER OUR LIKENESS Ratzinger: Communion and the Whole church would take us far beyond the goal of the present critical analysis of Ratzinger's ecclesiology. I will limit myself to a brief examination of his critique with regard to the hypothetical character of exegetical results. Now, every interpretation is hypothetical, even that of church documents (as the dispute surrounding Vatican II clearly shows).
After Our Likeness: The Church As the Image of the Trinity by Miroslav Volf