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Catholicity from Above: The Fullness of God in Christ

Avery Dulles

in The Catholicity of the Church

Published in print October 1987 | ISBN: 9780198266952
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600555 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198266952.003.0003
Catholicity from Above: The Fullness of God in Christ

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Catholicity, as a reconciliation of opposites, requires a transcendent principle of unity. The notion of fullness (pleroma) may be the closest biblical equivalent of what we call catholicity. According to Paul, the Church enables her members to participate in the fullness of the divinity present in Christ. Christ has primacy in both creation and redemption. Teilhard de Chardin drew attention to the role of the risen Christ in drawing creation into unity. Theologians have enlarged upon the Pauline theme of Christ as the head of the Church, which is a diversified body with different gifts from the Holy Spirit. The triune God, perfectly one in the mutual opposition of persons, is the source and ground of catholicity.

Keywords: Blondel; body of Christ; Chardin; Holy Spirit; incarnation; Jesus Christ; pleroma

Chapter.  6934 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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