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Christian Community in the Light of the Gospel of John

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The history of the twentieth century is a history of calamitous failures in human neighbourliness. In consequence, there is widespread recognition today of the need to find ways of building and maintaining patterns of sociality which are life-giving. Building communities which allow all people to attain their full humanity as children of God are central Christian concerns. Indeed, the vocation of Israel according to the Old Testament and of the Church according to the New is so to share in the life and love of God that it becomes the people and the place where the virtues and skills for life together among the nations are known and practised. Much more than the other gospels, the Fourth Gospel places heavy emphasis on the oneness of the Father and the Son and the oneness of believers.

Keywords: Christian community; Gospel of John; human neighbourliness; Old Testament

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