Latest Issue of Eccleisiology

Notification has just arrived from SAGE.  Articles include:

Communion, Unity and Primacy: An Anglican Response to Ut Unum Sint

Mark Santer

Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical Ut Unum Sint, published
in 1995, was immediately recognized as a document of fundamental
importance for ecumenism. John Paul II clearly and unequivocally
renewed the Roman Catholic Church’s commitment to the ecumenical
movement and invited leaders and theologians of other churches to
engage with the Roman Catholic Church in patient and fraternal dialogue
on the issue of the Petrine offices. A decade later this lecture
reviews official Anglican responses to the Pope’s initiative and sets
out issues which Anglicans need to address and explore

Authority to Teach in Classical Anglicanism

Bernhard Sixtus
currently finds itself embroiled in a variety of ‘controversies of
Faith’ that individually and together threaten to split the Communion –
and most of these concern questions of teaching and authority: who
within Anglicanism has authority to teach what, and why? In this
situation one naturally looks back on the tradition to seek how an
understanding of the past may inform the present. The following paper
does so by considering the concept of authority in the foundational
period of ‘Anglicanism’, namely from the Thirty-nine Articles of the
Church of England to the denominational ‘invention’ of Anglicanism
after 1829. It discovers there three interrelated principles of an
Anglican understanding of authority, which are briefly summarized after
some remarks about how to use conclusions of papers such as this – and
how not to.


The Praxis of Inculturation for Mission: Roberto de Nobili’s Example and Legacy

Paul M. Collins
article investigates inculturation in the twentieth century in relation
to the example and practice of the seventeenth-century Jesuit
missionary Roberto de Nobili. Monastic and liturgical attempts at
inculturation in South India are examined as well as the critique
offered by Dalit Theology. There are four sections: (1) Outline and
analysis of the practice of de Nobili, and its theological basis in the
seventeenth century. (2) Analysis of the parallels between the praxis
of de Nobili and various Christian sannyasi in the twentieth century,
e.g. Savarirayan Jesudason, Ernest Forrester-Paton, Jack Winslow,
Abhishiktananda, Bede Griffiths and Francis Acharya. (3) Evaluation of
the practice, and its theological basis, of these sannyasi and other
religious leaders in South India. (4) Investigation of the critique of
Dalit Theology of these practices, and possible outcomes for future
practice e.g. in relation to inter-religious dialogue.

A Practical Church Unity within Secular Hospitals

Michael J. Balboni
unity among Christian physicians is jeopardized by the culture of
secular medicine. The medical context, rather than being a neutral
sphere, has increasingly become a context that cuts loose and reshapes
church members into a secular ecclesia. This thesis is demonstrated
through focus groups composed of Christian physician-residents within
Harvard Medical School residency programs. The interviews describe how
many Christian physicians are psychologically isolated and spiritually
endangered because of compliance to secular expectations within
academic teaching hospitals. In contrast, the key to undoing secular
atomization stems from the nature of the church as a people gathered in
the presence of Christ. Thus, the essay develops an ecclesiology that
focuses on the manifestation of unity in its local relationships and
embodied practices. Despite severe time constraints, Christian
physicians have the opportunity to reconstitute a unified church within
the secular by pursuing one another in love and offering tangible signs
of solidarity.