Ecclesial Claims: A Comparative Analysis

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Section Two: Engaging and evaluating the theologians’ ecclesial claims
In this section, I analyze and attempt to draw corollaries to the claims made by the various theologians cited above. In so doing, I focus on the contemporary implications of the understandings that I have distilled from these theologians, rather than discussing the implications of their views within their own respective historical contexts.
The earliest theologian considered here, Iranaeus of Lyons, claims that the Church has received (straightforwardly by genetic inheritance) faith in God through preaching by the apostles. This contention seems to stand in contrast to the claim made by Jurgen Moltmann who argues that faith does not make
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On the other hand, the 20th century theologian, John Zizioulas, also points out to the cause of church thriving. He describes that the church gathers together to receive the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the time when people celebrate the presence of Christ. This is in connection to Moltmann’s view about the church living in the history of death and resurrection of Christ. Also this experience is relative to the “remembrance of Christ” and, is an expression of the living presence of Christ. Pointing out to the living reality, Moltmann asserts that the remembrance of Christ leads a believer to live in a hope and assurance about the kingdom of …show more content…
This is in contrast to the claim by Jurgen Moltmann who states that the church goes through the experience of living in the remembrance of the living Christ. This in return leads the believer to hope for God’s kingdom that is about the kingdom of God. If we point out to the theme of church needed to renewing its call and living in the remembrance of Christ that is full of hope, then why is there is need of renewal? Though Moltmann does make the case that the church waits to experience the kingdom of God, how can it be justified that the remembrance of Christ is not holy and if it is, why is there need for renewal? Does the presence of Christ in the lives of the church not emphasize on the experience of baptism and leading believers to have gone through their experience of

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