Eucharistic Ecclesiology: A Reorientation of Evangelical Ecclesiology in the Light of Alexander Schmemann’s Thoughts

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https://doi.org/10.36421/veritas.v22i2.595

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Evangelicalism, Liturgy, Eucharist, Ecclesiology, Alexander Schmemann

Abstract

Evangelicals are known for their unique ecclesiology. Evangelicalism believes that the true church is a spiritual fellowship of saved believers. This perspective in fact leads to the consequence that the invisible church is upheld and the visible church becomes soteriologically irrelevant. As a result, the visible church only ends up as a commodity marketed to attract converts. If evangelicals are faithful to the gospel, then the concept of the church must be taken seriously, not just perceived functionally. For this reason, I propose the construction of a eucharistic ecclesiology through the framework of Alexander Schmemann’s thoughts on the liturgy, the Eucharist, and the church in providing an alternative to seeing ecclesiology from liturgical studies. I shall integrate Schmemann’s thinking with the idea that a “worshipping community essentially formed the church.” My claim is: that a eucharistic ecclesiology rooted in the practice of the eucharistic liturgy can be a solid ecclesiological basis for evangelicals, especially in affirming the ontology of the church. I hope that the construction of eucharistic ecclesiology can contribute to revitalizing evangelical ecclesiology.

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Published

06-12-2023

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Augustan, Hansel. “Eucharistic Ecclesiology: A Reorientation of Evangelical Ecclesiology in the Light of Alexander Schmemann’s Thoughts”. Veritas: Jurnal Teologi dan Pelayanan 22, no. 2 (December 6, 2023): 335–351. Accessed July 22, 2024. https://ojs.seabs.ac.id/index.php/Veritas/article/view/595.

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