The Trinitarian Being of the Church

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The relationship between Trinitarian theology and ecclesiology has been much discussed in recent decades. It is an intriguing subject, and perhaps an odd juxtaposition. It has often been noted that although a confession of faith in “one Church” is included in most ancient creeds along with “one baptism,” the Church herself is seldom directly reflected upon; the person of Jesus Christ, his relation to the Father and the Spirit, was endlessly discussed, and the subject of a great many conciliar statements, but not the Church or ecclesiology more generally. The question of ecclesiology, it is often said, is our modern problem, one (at least for the Orthodox) provoked by the ecumenical encounter of the twentieth century. One fruit of this encounter is the realization of the trinitarian dimensions of the Church herself, so providing continuity with the theological reflection of earlier ages and grounding the Church in the Trinity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-88
Number of pages22
JournalSt Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Bibliographical note

Reprinted in Khaled Anatolios, ed., 'The Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church' (Baker Academic Press, 2014).


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