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The Experience of God, Vol. 4: The Church: Communion in the Holy Spirit

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As we see in this volume and the others that constitute hisåÊDogmatic Theology, Fr. Staniloae is both steeped in the ancient tradition and conversant with his contemporaries...The result in the present volume is a theological work focusing on the Church that draws on the voices of his tradition, studies the reflections of h is contemporaries, and constructs a "traditional" synthesis that is unique and fresh.
Fr. Staniloae's work is characterized by that dual fidelity - to the past and to the present - that is the requirement of any theologian of any era. But it is infused by a sense ofåÊinspirationåÊthat is difficult to find in any modern theological writing. Fr. Staniloae's readers are encountering a voice that is thoroughly reliable in that it is so learned and faithful. But it is a deeply person voice - creative and stunningly, disarmingly free. - Peter C. Bouteneff, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary



 Foreword - Peter C. Bouteneff vii
1. The Descent of the Holy Spirit and the Beginning of the Church 1
2. The Theandric Constitution of the Church 13
A. The Church as the Mystical Body of Christ and Christ as Her Head 13
B. The Foundation of the Church: God's Incarnate Son 16
C. The Church Imprinted with Christ's Sacrifice 22
D. The Church Pneumatized by the Spirit of the Risen Christ 27
3. Christ's Threefold Ministry and the Priesthood of the Church 33
A. Christ's Priesthood in the Church 33
B. Christ's Priesthood in the Church through the Universal Priesthood 38
C. Christ's Priesthood in the Church through the Serving Priesthood 39
D. The Three Stages of Priesthood 41
E. The Succession of Grace: Christ's Priestly Work Continued through Other Ministries 42
F. The Serving Priesthood's Role in Maintaining the Unity of the Church 44
G. A Detailed Explanation of the Bishop's and Priest's Relationship with Christ 45
H. The Synodality of the Bishops and How the Churches Sobornicity Depends upon It 49
I. The Serving Priesthood and the Visible Character of the Church 52
4. Attributes of the Church as the Body of Christ 57
A. The Unity of the Church 57
B. The Holiness of the Church 68
C. The Integral Sobornicity of the Church 79
D. The Apostolicity of the Church 86
5. The Working of the Holy Spirit: Divine Grace and Human Freedom 95
A. The Working of the Holy Spirit, or Divine Grace 95
B. The Human Person's Free Cooperation with Grace 107
C. Gifts as Workings of the Spirit 110
6. The Human Person's Salvation within the Body of Christ 119
A. Righteousness, Justification, Growth, and Ascent in the Spirit 119
B. The Human Person's Rebirth and the Indwelling of Christ 133
C. The Gift of Salvation Appropriated through Faith and Good Works 147
Abbreviations 159
Notes 161


187 Pages


Holy Cross Orthodox Press



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