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By James K. Lee

Over the process the previous centuries, Augustine's ecclesiology has been topic to interpretations that overdraw the excellence among the obvious and invisible dimensions of the church, occasionally decreasing the church to a in basic terms non secular, invisible fact, over opposed to the noticeable church celebrating the sacraments; the empirical group is incidental, at most sensible, and will be discarded. against this, this ebook argues that the church is a secret that's obvious and invisible. faraway from discarding the noticeable, Augustine locations higher emphasis at the empirical church as his inspiration develops.

This learn lines Augustine’s ecclesiology from early writings to later works in an effort to display this thesis. His early suggestion is seriously stimulated via Platonism and has a tendency to target the ascent of the person soul. After his research of Scripture within the 390s, Augustine supplies precedence to participation within the seen, sacramental neighborhood. In his mature idea, the church is one secret (mysterium, sacramentum) printed via Scripture, with noticeable and invisible elements. This publication explores Augustine’s exegesis of biblical photos of the church, similar to physique of Christ, bride of Christ, urban of God, and sacrifice, with a view to convey how the noticeable group is intrinsic to the secret of the church.

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