Conciliarism : A History of Decision-Making in the Church Hardback
Conciliarism is one of the oldest and most essential means of decision-making in the history of the Christian church.
Indeed, as a leading Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann states, 'Before we understand the place and the function of the council in the church, we must, therefore, see the church herself as a council.' Paul Valliere tells the story of councils and conciliar decision-making in the Christian church from earliest times to the present.
Drawing extensively upon the scholarship on conciliarism which has appeared in the last half-century, Valliere brings a broad ecumenical perspective to the study and shows how the conciliar tradition of the Christian past can serve as a resource for resolving conflicts in the church today.
The book presents a conciliarism which involves historical legacy, but which leads us forward, not backward, and which keeps the church's collective eyes on the prize - the eschatological kingdom of God.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 302 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 09/02/2012
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781107015746