Ecclesial Recognition with Hegelian Philosophy, Social Psychology & Continental Philosophy

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Timothy T. N. Lim
Theology and Mission in World Christianity


                    ***This title is in eBook format***

Ecclesial Recognition proffers a framework for churches to accept the legitimacy and authenticity of each other as the Church in the dialogical process towards fuller communion. Typically, ‘recognition’ and its reception investigate theologically the sufficiency of creeds as ecumenical statements of unity, the agreeability of essential sacramentality of the church, and the recognition of its ministries as the churches’ witness of the gospel. This monograph conceives ecclesial recognition as an intersubjective dynamics of inclusion and exclusion amid identity formation and consensus development, with insights from Hegelian philosophy, group social psychology, and the Frankfurt School Axel Honneth’s political theory. The viability of this interdisciplinary approach is demonstrated from the French Dominican Yves Congar’s oeuvre, with implications for intra-Communion and inter-Church relations.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Timothy T. N. Lim is Visiting Lecturer at London School of Theology, Research Tutor at King’s Evangelical Divinity School, and an ordained Minister with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has published peer-reviewed articles on ecclesiology, ecumenism, evangelicalism, and interdisciplinary theology.

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