Sacrificing the Church: Mass, Mission, and Ecumenism

Sacrificing the Church: Mass, Mission, and Ecumenism

by Eugene R. Schlesinger

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In a context of scandal and decline, the Christian church cannot afford to do business as usual. It must regain its bearings and clarify its nature and purpose. Sacrificing the Church provides this clarity by returning to the church’s foundation: Jesus Christ and him crucified. It presents an ecclesiological vision in which every aspect of the church’s life flows from and expresses the one sacrifice of Christ. This sacrifice is the basis of every ecclesial experience, the form and content of the church’s life, a life which shares in the eternal Trinitarian life of God. By and as Christ’s sacrifice we are introduced into the divine life. This participation plays out in three key areas, which set the church’s agenda in the contemporary world: its worship of God (Mass), mission to the world (mission), and efforts toward the unity of all people, beginning with divided Christians (ecumenism).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978700017
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 210
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Eugene R. Schlesinger is lecturer in the department of religious studies at Santa Clara University.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Trinitarian Soteriology: Towards a Theology of the One Sacrifice of Christ

Chapter Two: Augustine and the One Sacrifice of Christ

Interlude: The Mass Preceded by Mission

Chapter Three: The Sacrifice of Christ in the Mass

Interlude: The Mass Flows into Mission (and Back)

Chapter Four: The Sacrifice of Christ in Mission

Interlude: Both Mission and Mass Depend upon Ecumenism

Chapter Five: The Sacrifice of Christ in Ecumenism

Conclusion: Sacrificing the Church as the Church’s Being

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