The Church Unfinished Paperback

Ecclesiology Through the Centuries

by Bernard P. Prusak;


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The Church Unfinished

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Like human life, the Catholic or universal Church is lived forward but understood backward. To appreciate the Church's past, however, does not require that we simply repeat it. Using such a framework, this book puts the present period of the Church in vast historical context. It traces how the Church came from the "community of unexpected persons" whom Jesus gathered around himself and was then shaped, over the course of centuries, by human decisions made in the Spirit. The Church's catholicity is seen to involve an ever expanding memory, embracing the immense richness of past and present times, places, and cultures, and at the same time an openness to assimilating, and possibly being transformed by, a future history in which God offers new possibilities. Vatican II's Constitution on the Church in the Modern World affirmed that God has endowed humans with a certain autonomy for shaping the world. The book asks whether that has implications for traditional presumptions about the order and structure of the Church.
The tendency to presume that nothing new or unexpected could develop in the unfolding future of the Church might close us to the presence of the Spirit in our midst, and fail to recognize that our time, as much as any past time, is an opportunity for God's creative activity and grace. The book thus proposes that the Church's leadership would do well to nurture a renewed eschatological attitude that embraces a genuine openness to the newness and surprise of the future, leaving room not only for continuity but also for the important elements of change and transformation. For, what the Church is, only the entirety of its history will fully reveal. Audience --undergraduate and graduate courses on the Church or on the development of Christianity --readers who want to take the time and effort to learn more about the church

The Church Unfinished by Bernard P. Prusak was published by Paulist Press International,U.S. in January 2004. The ISBN for The Church Unfinished is 9780809142866.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherPaulist Press International,U.S. (January 2004)
Weight558g
Number of Pages352
Thickness22 mm
Height220 mm
Width157 mm
ISBN9780809142866
ISBN-100809142864
Product Code1160542
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