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Amt als Lehramt: Kirche und Schule im zweiten Jahrhundert

Lossl, Josef ORCID: 2015. Amt als Lehramt: Kirche und Schule im zweiten Jahrhundert. Zeitschrift für katholische Theologie 137 (3-4) , pp. 366-384.

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Lumen Gentium 33 famously ascribes to lay people a full apostolic role in the mission of the Church. The present article argues that this implies that to be able to fulfil this role lay people have the right and the duty to acquire a certain degree of theological training. With a view to the early Church the article observes that from the very beginning of Christianity there was indeed a widespread interest among Christians in theological education. Yet from very early on Church leaders were also suspicious about this interest. Wider participation in the Church's teaching also brought greater theological diversity and plurality, and this was seen as a threat to cohesion and corporate identity. The article concludes that while this tension and conflict of interest on the part of the Church hierarchy may always persist, it remains interesting that widespread theological literacy within Churches has always been perceived, and is still perceived, as crucial for the success of Churches to spread their message.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BT Doctrinal Theology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations
Language other than English: German
Publisher: Katholisch-Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Innsbruck
ISSN: 0044-2895
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 10:20

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