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By Miroslav Volf

ISBN-10: 0802844405

ISBN-13: 9780802844408

In After Our Likeness, Miroslav Volf explores the connection among people and group in Christian theology. He seeks to counter the developments towards individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and provides neighborhood its due.

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102. See Christus Dominus 11. Cf. Ratzinger, Gemeinschaft, 41. 103. 3 below. 104. Ratzinger, Gemeinschaft, 41. So also the document of the Congregation of Faith concerning the church as communio ("Kirche," note 9). 105. 3 below. 106. 2 above. 107. Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 95. 46 47 AFTER OUR LIKENESS Ratzinger: Communion and the Whole 3. "111 Next to transtemporality, communicability is the most important characteristic of tradition as collective memory. From this it follows, Ratzinger claims, that tradition cannot live without the bearer of tradition; the latter can only be a certain community of discourse.

This, however, presupposes that the church itself has a voice speaking both concretely and authoritatively and attesting the truth authentically. Ratzinger's argumentation here is persuasive, however, only if one decisive but not explicitly expressed premise is persuasive, namely, that whatever is not offered and given to the individual by the whole church, speaking "in the organs of faith,"141 is actually produced by the individual. If with Ratzinger one accepts the necessity of a binding, authoritative voice, who can then have this voice?

Ratzinger, "Schriftauslegung," 21. 129. See Ratzinger, "Glaubensvermittlung," 31. 51 AFTER OUR LIKENESS Ratzinger: Communion and the Whole church would take us far beyond the goal of the present critical analysis of Ratzinger's ecclesiology. I will limit myself to a brief examination of his critique with regard to the hypothetical character of exegetical results. Now, every interpretation is hypothetical, even that of church documents (as the dispute surrounding Vatican II clearly shows). The temptation here is to take refuge in the doctrine of infallibility.

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