By Miroslav Volf
In After Our Likeness, Miroslav Volf explores the connection among people and neighborhood in Christian theology. He seeks to counter the trends towards individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and provides group its due.
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Calling the first church in Jerusalem (Acts 2) an ecclesia universalis "speaking all languages," which then begets "a church at the most varied locales" as its own "realizations," corresponds more to universalistic Catholic ecclesiology than to the New Testament text. If one begins with a nonmetaphorical notion of the body of Christ, interprets this notion as implying the subjectivity of the whole church, and at the same time asserts the precedence of the universal church, then one must ask how every individual local church (even if it is standing in communion with the larger church) can also be conceived as the body of Christ.
The principle of "individuals" must apply at the local level no less than at the universal level, since it is in the local church that the entire being of the church as church is actualized. " (Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 123). 163. , where "personal responsibility" is viewed as the "core of the doctrine of primacy" (p. 43). Concerning the personal reponsibility of the laity, see section 5, "Communio Fidelium," below. 164. Ratzinger, Gemeinschaft, 88. Cf. also "Kirche," note 13. It is revealing that in his book Zur Gemeinschaft gerufen, which seeks to offer "something like an initial guide for Catholic ecclesiology" (p.
179. Ibid. 180. Ratzinger, Volk, 149. 181. Ratzinger, "Demokratisierung," 32. 62 182. ). 183. Ratzinger, "Demokratisierung," 41; cf. Das neue Volk, 221. 184. Ratzinger, "Demokratisierung," 41. 185. Ratzinger, "Liturgie," 249; cf. Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 219. 186. Ratzinger, "Demokratisierung," 41. 63 AFTER OUR LIKENESS Ratzinger: Communion and the Whole at a concrete locale. "188 One cannot design the liturgy oneself; one must receive it from the whole church in which it lives and organically grows.
After Our Likeness: The Church As the Image of the Trinity by Miroslav Volf