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Towards the renewal of Anglican identity as communion: The relationship of the Trinity, Missio Dei, and Anglican comprehensiveness

Ro, Chul-Lai 2008. Towards the renewal of Anglican identity as communion: The relationship of the Trinity, Missio Dei, and Anglican comprehensiveness. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.

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Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to develop a new way of thinking about Anglican identity as Communion. Since that mission is to live in the life of communion, this thesis in turn suggests: 1) Different Anglican perceptions of Missio Dei have been the principal cause of the loss of Anglican confidence in its identity as Communion and, 2) The different perceptions stem from a tribal mentality with regard to the Trinity among Anglicans. Taken together, this thesis argues that a key to the renewal of Anglican identity as Communion is one of developing an alternative way of thinking about the Trinity. By way of illustrating Miroslav Volf's idea of 'Trinitarian identities,' this thesis suggests that 'the triune God's dynamic relationships' which express His liminal nature is the source for transforming Anglican tribal mentality. This liminality speaks of 'communion-in-mission' as a means to the life of the triune God's dynamic relationships, which enables different Anglican perceptions of Missio Dei to converge dynamically. This thesis broadens this connection to the life of the Anglican Communion itself in order to discover how such a renewal within its life might inform Anglican self-understanding. F.D. Maurice's understanding of comprehensiveness as 'eschatological liminality' encourages Anglican comprehensiveness to be the Anglican practice of communion-in-mission, namely an Anglican way to the life of the triune God's dynamic relationships. In bringing together the above threefold aspects of the life of communion, this thesis redefines Anglican identity as a communion which is patterned on the triune God's dynamic relationships and made concrete in a renewed understanding of Anglican comprehensiveness as eschatological liminality informing the Anglican Communion's approach to Missio Dei and, by implication, to communion-in-mission.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
ISBN: 9781303214141
Funders: United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2018 05:02
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/54801

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