Fugitive Ecclesia

Peter Dula

in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395037
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894451 | DOI:

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

Fugitive Ecclesia

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A key concept in the later work of Sheldon Wolin is “fugitive democracy.” Wolin argues that, throughout history, democracy has rarely been able to endure through time but instead comes and goes in evanescent, fugitive moments. Much recent work in ecclesiology, especially that of radical orthodoxy, but also that of Stanley Hauerwas and John Howard Yoder, seems to be convinced that the same is true of church. Just to the extent that is true, theologians may find it fruitful to talk about companionship as well as, and sometimes instead of, community.

Keywords: Sheldon Wolin; fugitive democracy; radical orthodoxy; democracy; ecclesiology; companionship

Chapter.  8871 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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