By Miroslav Volf
In After Our Likeness, Miroslav Volf explores the connection among people and group in Christian theology. He seeks to counter the traits towards individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and provides neighborhood its due.
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Trinitarian and Ecclesial C o m m u n i o n 196. Ratzinger, Feast, 68. 197. , 70 (my emphasis). 198. , 30. 199. Ibid, 29. 200. Ratzinger, Das neue Volk 243; cf. Ratzinger, Volk, 146. 201. Ratzinger, Church, 20. Ratzinger has written little about the Trinity, though key passages in his argumentation do regularly contain brief references to the relations between the triune God and human beings. These references, however, reflect what closer examination confirms, namely, that all the crucial elements in his ecclesiology and entire theology are rooted in the doctrine of the Trinity.
Thus does spirituality correspond to the basic structure of communality. Rather than being a pious supplement to ecclesiology, it is grounded in its very premise; the church is a communion of love of human beings among one another and with the triune God. 169 Before examining the relation between the trinitarian and ecclesial communion, I must address Ratzinger's understanding of the position of believers within the church; first, however, a comment about reform in the church. Spirituality is Ratzinger's answer to the desire for reform in the church.
186, polemicizing explicitly against Rahner). 147. Ratzinger, Gemeinschaft, 73. 148. , 73f. 149. Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 215. This representative function of the bishop is not to be confused with parliamentary representation. , 162). Neither, however, can the body thus represented by a bishop be an internally closed-off local church, but rather only a local church that is what it is precisely because in it the entire church is actualized. Hence the task of the bishop as representative is not "to determine the statistical mean value of the opinions of those whom he represents and then to bring these to bear in a form as chemically free as possible of his own additions"; his task is rather to represent "the common elements of the church" (Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 162, my emphasis; cf.
After Our Likeness: The Church As the Image of the Trinity by Miroslav Volf