By James K. Lee
Over the process the earlier centuries, Augustine's ecclesiology has been topic to interpretations that overdraw the excellence among the noticeable and invisible dimensions of the church, occasionally lowering the church to a in basic terms non secular, invisible truth, over opposed to the noticeable church celebrating the sacraments; the empirical neighborhood is incidental, at most sensible, and will be discarded. against this, this publication argues that the church is a secret that's obvious and invisible. faraway from discarding the seen, Augustine areas better emphasis at the empirical church as his proposal develops.
This research strains Augustine’s ecclesiology from early writings to later works to be able to show this thesis. His early suggestion is seriously encouraged via Platonism and has a tendency to target the ascent of the person soul. After his research of Scripture within the 390s, Augustine provides precedence to participation within the obvious, sacramental group. In his mature concept, the church is one secret (mysterium, sacramentum) printed via Scripture, with noticeable and invisible features. This publication explores Augustine’s exegesis of biblical photographs of the church, corresponding to physique of Christ, bride of Christ, urban of God, and sacrifice, so one can express how the obvious group is intrinsic to the secret of the church.
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