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The Historical Starting Point: Ecclesiology From 1500 To The Beginning Of The Third Millennium

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The material presented in chapter three describes the historical development of Christian systematic ecclesiologies. The chapter is divided into five main parts: (1) the historical emergence of systematic ecclesiology: from the 16th century to the beginning of the third millennium; (2) the basic characteristics of the Roman Catholic ecclesiology that developed from the time of Trent onward; (3) the claim of apostolicity by Roman Catholic authors in the 19th and 20th centuries; (4) the contemporary reality of ecclesiology and its directions towards a renewed theology of church; and (5) Conclusions.

Keywords: renewed theology of church; Roman Catholic ecclesiology; systematic ecclesiologies; Trent



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