After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity

After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity

Miroslav Volf / Jan 24, 2020

After Our Likeness The Church as the Image of the Trinity In After Our Likeness the inaugural volume in the Sacra Doctrina series Miroslav Volf explores the relationship between persons and community in Christian theology The focus is the community of grac

  • Title: After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity
  • Author: Miroslav Volf
  • ISBN: 9780802844408
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • In After Our Likeness, the inaugural volume in the Sacra Doctrina series, Miroslav Volf explores the relationship between persons and community in Christian theology The focus is the community of grace, the Christian church The point of departure is the thought of the first Baptist, John Smyth, and the notion of church as gathered community that he shared with RadicalIn After Our Likeness, the inaugural volume in the Sacra Doctrina series, Miroslav Volf explores the relationship between persons and community in Christian theology The focus is the community of grace, the Christian church The point of departure is the thought of the first Baptist, John Smyth, and the notion of church as gathered community that he shared with Radical Reformers.Volf seeks to counter the tendencies toward individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and to suggest a viable understanding of the church in which both person and community are given their proper due In the process he engages in a sustained and critical ecumenical dialogue with the Catholic and Orthodox ecclesiologies of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and the metropolitan John Zizioulas The result is a brilliant ecumenical study that spells out a vision of the church as an image of the triune God.

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      • Miroslav Volf

        Miroslav Volf is the Henry B Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and the founding director of the Yale Center for Faith Culture One of the most celebrated theologians of our time, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury , Volf is a leading expert on religion and conflict His recent books include Against the Tide Love in a Time of Petty Dreams and Persisting Enmities, and Exclusion Embrace A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation winner of the 2002 Grawmeyer Award in Religion.


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    1. Volf's Exclusion and Embrace is one of my all-tie favorites and his book Allah, discussing the similarities and differences between the Muslim and Christian conceptions of God is a must-read for any interested in the topic. This book is about the church, or ecclesiology for people who like big theological words. Volf spends the first 1/3 of the book setting out the views of Joseph Ratzinger (who became Pope Benedict), representing Roman Catholics, and John Zizoulas, representing Eastern Orthodox [...]


    2. This book is an important contribution to ecumenical dialogue on the nature of the church, providing a perspective that is often neglected: the catholicity of the free church tradition. Volf anchors his unique approach in the perichoretic understanding of the Trinity and methodologically approaches his topic in conversation (and critique) of two ecclesiologies representing the Catholic and Orthodox positions: Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) and John Zizioulas. Herein is my biggest res [...]


    3. Book Closing: To use the analogy of water, some books are like pouring water into your head, drinking it in, other books are like jumping into a body of water and swimming around. “After our Likeness” is the latter.Volf’s edited dissertation on eccelsiology is a dense read, as most dissertations are. In it, he attempts to discuss how the Western (and largely American) model of the “Free Church” of congregationalism might gain something from their Eastern and European brethren in the Ro [...]


    4. “’We are the church!’ . . . The following study is concerned with placing this cry of protest of the Free Churches— ‘We are the church’— into a trinitarian framework and with elevating it to the status of an ecclesiological programe, and with doing so in dialogue with Catholic and Orthodox ecclesiologies.” (11)Whether they want to or not, Free Churches often function as ‘homogeneous units’ specializing in the specific needs of specific social classes and cultural circles, and [...]


    5. Perhaps I give Volf too high of a rating in recent years especially, he seems at best to be confused, more than likely though, he seems to have lost the plot. This was one of the earlier texts that i read when I began to study the Trinity more in depth. I truly enjoyed reading it. that said, I have gone through and reread the book since then I reread it for two reasons 1) my conversion to Orthodoxy and Volf's engagement with Zizoulas 2) Volf's more recent work on Allah. Anyway, all in all I stil [...]


    6. It is impossible to capture my feelings about this book via a star-rating. The book's agenda would receive 5 stars. It's methodology would receive 1 star. I might find myself highly recommending the book as a starting point for thinking catholicly about the Free Church, yet I would qualify almost everything Volf says at some point. I immensely enjoyed reading it, but because I found my own thoughts formed in distinction from Volf's. Perhaps the biggest strike against Volf is the sense that he ar [...]


    7. Overall this is a good work of ecclesiology. I take issue with Volf's view of office and ordination. This largely stems from the fact that I'm an Anglican and he is advocating for a more free church ecclesiology. I expected more engagement with Trinitarian theology. As it stands, I'm unsure of how specifically the church is an image of the trinity in Volf's thought.


    8. Engages Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox understandings of the church (based on bishops) and sets forth a strong case for the "Free church" (congregational) understanding (based on the gathered people).




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