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<b>The Church as Anonymous Celebrity</b>

Francesca Aran Murphy

in God Is Not a Story

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219285
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191711664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219285.003.0002
 The Church as Anonymous Celebrity

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This chapter compares the dialogical image of the founding of the Church by Christ, the Spirit, and human witnesses given by Irenaeus and von Balthasar, with the impersonal grounding of Christian community in a common language proposed by Story Barthians like Lindbeck and Frei. Since it gives the story priority over the tellers of the tale, Story Barthianism ignores the personalities who mobilized the Church and its Scriptures into existence. Therefore, they cannot achieve their own stated intentions of being non-foundationalist and of avoiding reference to internal intentions, for they ultimately found the Church in a collective and internalized idea of the resurrected Christ, not in the personalities and their historical and Spirit-led witness to the resurrected Christ.

Keywords: foundational; dialogue; person; Church; Irenaeus; language; resurrection; epistemology; intention; Frei

Chapter.  26842 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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