• Future of Traditional Ecclesiology [Reprinted]

    Allan Savage (see profile)
    Philosophy of Religion
    Theology, Eastern Orthodox studies, Church history
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    Options are needed in the institutional re-ordering of the Eastern and Western Church's ecclesiastical government. There is doubt that the traditional territorial schemata, that is, the status quo of the ecclesiastical understanding of the East and West can continue as the philosophical understanding that supports them evolves from a Hellenistic to a phenomenological perspective. In the future, the “architectural” form of ecclesiastical government most likely will be replaced by an “organic” form of ecclesial governance. The organic form of governance cannot be derived from any pre-existing philosophical or political principle. Organic governance, which is phenomenologically constituted, is based on the natural inclination of the faithful to remain together forming their ecclesial frameworks that are appropriate to the cultural, traditional and economic contexts of public life. Faith communities, will be constituted as living organisms that evolve. They will not be constructed as juridical philosophical or political structures, based on territory, that are meant to exist for all time. The organic church of the future will present the possibility for a new governance model of the faithful to meet its needs as constituted through a phenomenological philosophy, to meet just as the current architectural government was constructed through a classical (Hellenistic) philosophy to meet the needs of that time.
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