Kristus, Duch a jednota církve v dějinách
Ekleziologie J. A. Möhlera
[Christ, Spirit and the Unity of Church in the History: Ecclesiology of J. A. Möhler]
paperback, 342 pp., 1. edition
published: october 2011
recommended price: 335 czk
This book on the theology of church by Johann Adam Möhler (1796-1838) takes us to the periods of the Enlightenment and romanticism, which is the ideological basis of the intellectual development of the 19th and 20th centuries. We can use this Swabian theologian, who belongs to the generation of the founders of the Catholic Tübingen School, and his wider cultural and ideological context to follow the construction of the foundations of contemporary ecclesiology. The monograph presents Möhler's work in its development. The early work entitled Die Einheit in der Kirche (1825) reflects on the concept of church in the theology of the church Fathers of the first centuries as well as in the categories of the theological romanticism. In his later works, mainly in Symbolik (1832), Möhler tried to compare the concepts of the church in different Christian traditions. Möhler builds on his original specialization of a church historian: his theological reflection is based on the knowledge of history while at the same time appreciating the historic character of the Epiphany similarly to another great theologian of the 19th century J. H. Newman. His work is not only associated with the rise of a nowadays important theological tradition, but it also influenced the theology of the "Roman school" and was accepted as an official doctrine of both the First and the Second Vatican Councils. The Czech reader thus has the first opportunity to learn about the scholar who is an important key to understanding contemporary ecclesiology and whose works became an inseparable part of the 19th and 20th century theology (A. S. Khomyakov, G. Perrone, V. S. Solovyov, P. Evdokimov, J. Ratzinger, W. Kasper, M. J. Himes, B. Forte).