Elasticized Ecclesiology (inbunden)
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1st ed. 2017
Springer International Publishing AG
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XIV, 312 p.
210 x 148 x 19 mm
540 g
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Elasticized Ecclesiology (inbunden)

Elasticized Ecclesiology

The Concept of Community after Ernst Troeltsch

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This study confronts the current crisis of churches. In critical and creative conversation with the German theologian Ernst Troeltsch (1865-1923), Ulrich Schmiedel argues that churches need to be "elasticized" in order to engage the "other." Examining contested concepts of religiosity, community, and identity, Schmiedel explores how the closure of church against the sociological "other" corresponds to the closure of church against the theological "other." Taking trust as a central category, he advocates for a turn in the interpretation of Christianity-from "propositional possession" to "performative project," so that the identity of Christianity is "done" rather than "described." Through explorations of classical and contemporary scholarship in philosophy, sociology, and theology, Schmiedel retrieves Troeltsch's interdisciplinary thinking for use in relation to the controversies that encircle the construction of community today. The study opens up innovative and instructive approaches to the investigation of the practices of Christianity, past and present. Eventually, church emerges as a "work in movement," continually constituted through encounters with the sociological and the theological "other."
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Ulrich Schmiedel received his DPhil from the University of Oxford, UK. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in systematic theology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, Germany. His research, located at the intersection of theology, sociology, and philosophy, concentrates on the critical purport and creative potential of contemporary Christianity. He has published in a number of international journals. Recently, he co-edited Dynamics of Difference: Christianity and Alterity.


Introduction. Church(es) in Crisis Part I. Religiosity 1. The Traces of Trust2. The Drive for Difference3. The Togetherness of Trust Part II. Community 4. The Construction of Community5. The Attack on Alterity6. The Promise of Plurality Part III. Identity 7. The Trouble with Trust8. The Power of Practice9. The Elasticization of EcclesiologyConclusion. Crisis in Church(es)