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The Catholicity of the Church [Paperback]

Avery Dulles

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Oct. 1 1987
Avery Dulles, well-known for several previous works in ecclesiology, including Models of the Church, here surveys a theme that demands new treatment in the present global and ecumenical context. He deals with questions that are vital for the identity of churches that designate themselves Catholic, and for the relationship between these churches and Protestant forms of Christianity. The prospects of Catholicism are realistically appraised. The Catholicity of the Church reproduces, in slightly revised form, the Martin D'Arcy Lectures delivered by Fr Dulles at Campion Hall, University of Oxford. 'In theology such as this the seeds of real unity between divided Christendom are being sown.' B.L. Horne, 'This is a fine book, providing a framework for fruitful dialogues among Christians of all traditions.' Journal of Theological Studies Expository Times 'This is a refreshing and challenging book, and is of considerable ecumenical importance.' Oliver Rafferty, The Month 'At the heart of ecclesiology is the concept of catholicity, and in tackling the nature of the Church's catholicity Fr Dulles has courageously addressed himself to the crucial ecumenical question.' Roger Greenacre, Theology 'doing honour to the memory of Martin D'Arcy both for its realism and for its renewal of our sense of Catholicism.' Fergus Kerr, The Tablet

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'The Catholicity of the Church is made attractive by the intellectual virtues we have come to associate with its author.' Frans Josef van Beeck, Theological Studies

'an intelligent person's guide to catholicity.' Peter Hebblethwaite, Times Literary Supplement

'Avery Dulles, seems to be a perfect guide in the vast field of conciliar, post-conciliar, metaphorical, and ecumentical ecclesiology.' Louvain Studies

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Avery Dulles is at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C..

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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent theological monograph Feb. 17 2011
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The Catholicity of the Church is based on a series of lectures given by the venerable American theologian (and late Cardinal) Avery Dulles. His exposition is concise, deep, and measured; his theses are relevant and original; and his breadth and depth of knowledge of both church history and the intellectual traditions of different Protestant denominations and strains within Catholicism is I believe unparalleled.

I use the word brilliant very infrequently, but the author of the book is brilliant, not necessarily by my estimation, but by the estimation of others as well - he received 33(!!) honorary doctorates over the course of his lifetime. Yet amazingly, the book is far from pedantic in content or tone - for him, the issues and structural relations between the different competing and interacting strains of Christian thought are of the essence, and he dissects and examines and ponders them with the patience and attention to detail of a neurosurgeon.

He is a wonderful author and I highly recommend most of his works. He was also a great influence for good in the 2nd Vatican Council, which was why he was made a Cardinal, despite never even being a bishop.

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