It has to be recognized that it is rare indeed for there to be felt a need to re-issue a doctoral thesis forty years after its original publication. He was a member of the Catholic Church's International Theological Commission from 2004-2014. In such a context it is a curious experience to read, or re-read, the original thesis, now nearly forty years old. Zizioulas, Eucharist, Bishop, Church: the Unity of the Church in the Divine Eucharist and the Bishop during the First Three Centuries. The fourth-century Chrysostomic reconstruction of Paul, the founder of churches and the church, operated as a central discursive formation in the reproduction of Christian identity. Zizioulas, Eucharist, Bishop, Church: the Unity of the Church in the Divine Eucharist and the Bishop during the First Three Centuries.
The power-language of Paul also sustained orthodox Christian identity in its curative and corrective measures. In the forty years since it was written, the book's leading ideas have become well-known to a much wider circle than those familiar with the Greek original, mainly as a result of Metropolitan John's deep commitment to the ecumenical movement for many years as a lay theologian, John Zizioulas. It is, however, all too easy to elide what are in fact two assertions, for what Ignatius actually allows is that it is possible for the bishop to be somewhere else! Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at The Catholic University of America. Of particular importance is the emphasis Metropolitan John lays on the function of the bishop as liturgist and intercessor in the early period, in contrast to and almost to the exclusion of his administrative role which the evidence suggests may have been rather the function of the presbytery and diaconate. Paul was more than a hermeneutical bridge between the Old and the New Testament. The appellations of Paul as builder, physician and father formed part of an interconnected web of power-language with the capacity to ramify group boundaries and also to pathologize heretical groups. It is as a theological essay, drawing on historical evidence, that this book should be read, rather than as a work of historical scholarship, for it aspires after greater certainty than we can ever hope to attain, and depends on some historical judgments that can no longer be maintained e.
Paul and Paulinomorphism became the very language of ecclesiastical power, a rhetoric with an impetus on correction, discipline and social protection. Also Metropolitan John's discussion the practice of the fermentum as a way of representing symbolically that every celebration of the eucharist in a diocese is really the celebration of the bishop is enormously suggestive. It will also suggest, in light of this idea and the action of the Holy Spirit, a correlation or configuration of the four constitutions of the Council. Author of The Eucharist Makes the Church: Henri de Lubac and John Zizioulas in Dialogue 1993, 2006 , Sacrament of Salvation: An Introduction to Eucharistic Ecclesiology 1995 , A Service of Love: Papal Primacy, the Eucharist and Church Unity 2013 , and many articles on ecclesiology and ecumenism, he also edited John Zizioulas' book, Communion and Otherness 2006. Even in 1990, this remark would have seemed somewhat ingenuous: certainly in ecumenical circles the notion of eucharistic ecclesiology has and had become very popular though not precisely in Zizioulas's form: his stress on the essential role of the bishop has tended to be down-pedalled , but as far as scholarship on Christian origins is concerned the situation is rather different. He is a member of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, and has participated in international Catholic-Methodist and Catholic-Anglican dialogue, also. He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and graduated from Cambridge in Mathematics in 1978.
Indeed, the overly categorical tone adopted throughout runs the risk that some of the detailed discussions will be overlooked by those conscious that the poverty of the historical material relating to the early Christian centuries demands a much more tentative approach. After holding a postdoctoral research fellowship at St. It goes without saying that the scholarship behind the book is now forty years out of date. The lecture will explore the idea of the Church as an evangelizing communion, particularly in relation to the Eucharist and for the benefit of dialogue between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, which have tended to emphasize opposite poles from this pairing. He served for two terms on the International Theological Commission 2004-2009, 2009-2014. Being a Christian, being part of the church, for Chrysostom, also means embodying something of the subjectivity of Paul.
This is, however, certainly the case with this book, though perhaps mainly as a landmark in the intellectual trajectory of one of the great figures of the ecumenical movement in the latter decades of the 20th century. Zizioulas, Eucharist, Bishop, Church: The Unity of the Church in the Divine Eucharist and the Bishop during the First Three Centuries, transl. But it cannot be maintained that it is the only form of the church to be found in the early centuries, even if it represents an ecclesiology that was enormously resilient, and eventually gained universal acceptance though, like Minerva's owl, only this ecclesiology was beginning to adapt itself metropolitical structures--for which there is evidence earlier than Zizioulas cares to admit. The translation, which is excellent though oddly following Zizioulas in giving koina Greek nouns a modern Greek plural , is made from the second Greek edition 1990 , which differed from the first edition only in a few corrections. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at the Catholic University of America.
There are now books and articles on his ecclesiological ideas, most notably the work of the young Roman Catholic theologian, Fr Paul McPartlan, The Eucharist Makes the Church 1993. He gained his doctorate from Oxford, and then served for four years in a London parish. A member of the International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church since 2005, he has participated in international Anglican-Roman Catholic and Roman Catholic-Methodist dialogue, also. Pneumatology is the key to holding these two ideas together: the Spirit of Pentecost and mission is also the Spirit of communion and koinonia 2Cor 13:13 , and the Gospel the Church goes out to proclaim is precisely the good news of the reconciliation and peace that only Christ can give Jn 14:27. The picture Zizioulas presents--of a monepiscopal eucharistic ecclesiology going back to the time of the apostles--is a picture that reflects a possibly state of affairs throughout that period. November 14, 2014 Duquesne Union Ballroom Duquesne University Lecturer Rev. Zizioulas's scholarly approach, even though it shows a thorough awareness of the scholarship available when he, was writing, is one that belongs to Catholic and Anglo-Catholic scholarship of a past generation, when there was much greater confidence that a definitive picture of the early generations of the Christian communities could be established.
Having studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he was ordained a priest by Cardinal Basil Hume in 1984. This book is the long-awaited English translation of Metropolitan John of Pergamon's doctoral thesis, the result of research supervised by Fr Georges Florovsky, George Williams and Krister Stendahl then professors at Harvard , submitted at the theological school of the University of Athens, and originally published in Greek around 1965. The article is written in dialogue with the research done by James Hanges on Paul as a founder-figure. Zizioulas, Eucharist, Bishop, Church: the Unity of the Church in the Divine Eucharist and the Bishop during the First Three Centuries. . Retrieved Mar 21 2019 from John D. .
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