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A Guide to the Church - Its Origin and Nature, Its Mission and Ministries

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In 28 concise chapters and 2 appendices, this book acquaints the reader with such basic concepts as biblical images of the Church, contemporary models of the Church, the classical “marks” of the Church, etc. Here too are explanations of the mission of the Church, its origin and aim, and the peculiar dynamics of the home and foreign missions. The origin and development of the Church’s historic ministries of bishop, priest, deacon, religious orders and lay ministry are set forth. There are also chapters on the history and theology of Church/State relations, the Church’s relationship to the kingdom of God and other religions, the concept of the Church as a communion, and such disputed questions as the origin of the Church, and the history of women and ministry among others. Each chapter concludes with suggestions for further reading. The author, a Catholic priest and theologian, is sensitive to the ecumenical dimension of these themes, and thus considers the witness of the entire Christian tradition, Protestant and Orthodox as well as Catholic.

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Part 1: The Church: Its Origin and Nature
The Church as a Form of Community
The Church as Sacred Assembly
The Origin of the Church
The Church and the Kingdom of God
Models of the Church
A Biblical Image of the Church: Jesus' Sheep with Shepherd
An Image of the Church from Three North African Theologians
introduction to the Essential Attributes of the Church
The Unity of the Church
The Holiness of the Church
The Church's Catholic Character
A Church that is Apostolic
The Church is a Communion

Part 2: The Church: Its Mission and Ministries
The Mission of the Church: Its Origin and Content
The Home Mission: Biblical Portraits
The Foreign Mission: Paul's Inculturation of the Gospel
The Church and Other Religions
Church and State
Introduction to the Concept of Ministry
the Ordering of Christian Ministries
Promotion to Ministry
Priestly Ministry
Diaconal Ministry
The Petrine Ministry
The Teaching Ministry
Women and Ministry
The Ministry of a Consecrated life

Part 3: Appendices
Appendix 1: The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Church
Appendix 2: The Second Vatican Council: The Church as Deliberative Assembly

Biblical Index
Author Index




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