By Miroslav Volf
In After Our Likeness, Miroslav Volf explores the connection among individuals and neighborhood in Christian theology. He seeks to counter the traits towards individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and provides neighborhood its due.
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Ratzinger gives to this charge of "justification by works" an anti-Protestant, and especially an anti-Free Church twist. The activity of the larger church is indispensable for securing the primacy of reception; the activity of the Gospel or of scripture (or even of tradition) does not suffice. A faith, a church, the word of God, a liturgy not received from the larger church is "self-invented faith," a "self-constructed congregation,"191 a word one speaks to oneself, or a liturgy in which people merely celebrate themselves.
2. "181 This is why laypersons can- 176. Ratzinger, "Demokratisierung," 39. 177. Ratzinger, Volk, 149. 178. Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 151 (my emphasis). 179. Ibid. 180. Ratzinger, Volk, 149. 181. Ratzinger, "Demokratisierung," 32. 62 182. ). 183. Ratzinger, "Demokratisierung," 41; cf. Das neue Volk, 221. 184. Ratzinger, "Demokratisierung," 41. 185. Ratzinger, "Liturgie," 249; cf. Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 219. 186. Ratzinger, "Demokratisierung," 41. 63 AFTER OUR LIKENESS Ratzinger: Communion and the Whole at a concrete locale.
It is revealing that in his book Zur Gemeinschaft gerufen, which seeks to offer "something like an initial guide for Catholic ecclesiology" (p. 9), the chapter on "Origin and Nature of the Church" is followed immediately by the transition to a discussion of the primacy of Peter and the unity of the church. Only then come the chapters concerning the commission of the bishop and the nature of priesthood. 59 AFTER OUR LIKENESS Ratzinger: Communion and the Whole takes him precisely to the (un)ecumenical position he held before Vatican II, namely, that the unity of the church consists in the communio of the individual congregations with one another.
After Our Likeness: The Church As the Image of the Trinity by Miroslav Volf