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or doctrine of the church (chapter “de ecclesia” in 16th and 17th-cent. dogmatics) refers to the subdivision of dogmatics which develops the concept of the church and clarifies the question of the nature, task, form, and structure of the church. A distinction can be made between a more implicit ecclesiology (pre-theoretical self-reflection of a church) and an explicit, doctrinally and conceptually driven ecclesiology. Although ecclesiological themes have been discussed in all the epochs of church h…

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Beintker, Michael, “Ecclesiology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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