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I. Dogmatics – II. Ethics

I. Dogmatics

In 20th century theological discussion, the concept of koinonia was used in a programmatic way to characterize the fellowship of the church, but also as a term for the ecumenical communion of churches, and to justify this communion with the nature and work of the Triune God. The foundation of this understanding lies in its correlation with the New Testament's and especially the Pauline understanding of κοινωνία, in which an already existing understanding of koinonia in early Ch…

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Schwöbel, Christoph, “Koinonia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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