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A Perichoretic Model of the Church.The Trinitarian by Danut Manastireanu

By Danut Manastireanu

This learn seeks to enquire the trinitarian consistency of Dumitru Staniloae’s basic ecclesiology, by means of use of a ‘perichoretic version of the church’, rooted within the patristic proposal of trinitarian perichoresis, which describes the reciprocal interpenetration of the divine individuals, in response to their universal divine ousia. Staniloae makes his jap patristic realizing of the Trinity the basis of his entire theological
construction, together with his ecclesiology. For him, the Church, as a theoanthropic fact, is termed to be an icon of the Trinity, a real mirrored image in area and time of the perichoretic family members latest ceaselessly among the divine people of the triune God. This demands an ecclesiology that's rooted both in Christology and in pneumatology, any imbalance during this dynamic prime, in Staniloae’s opinion, both to over the top institutionalism and authoritarianism or to exaggerated individualism and subjectivism. The trinitarian inconsistencies published through the research version we've got used come up extra from the attribute clericalist and sacramentalist traits inherent to Orthodoxy often, than from the actual nature of Staniloae’s theology.

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