The Networking of Differences That Makes a Difference: Theology and the Unity of the Church
Article first published online: 6 MAR 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals and Dialog, Inc.
Volume 51, Issue 1, pages 31–42, March 2012
How to Cite
Hansen, G. (2012), The Networking of Differences That Makes a Difference: Theology and the Unity of the Church. Dialog, 51: 31–42. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6385.2011.00652.x
- Issue published online: 6 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 6 MAR 2012
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Abstract: What does the church mean when it confesses through the Creeds its oneness? My aim is to reflect on how and why theology needs to bring to the fore a hidden dimension in the discourse on the unity of the church, that is, its tendency to fall into a “solid” and “totalizing” disciplinary technology, i.e., an ideology. I will approach the theme following these basic theological pointers: (a) a biblical primary symbol as it emerges to unveil a new existence and practice—Paul's metaphor of the body in 1 Corinthians 12; (b) a secondary symbol through which the church understood itself to be lodged—the trinitarian understanding of being as a communicative relationship; (c) the regulative principle of law and promise as guiding a discursive practice that supports different levels of decentering and centering that signals a breakthrough of the eschaton—Luther's understanding of law and gospel. These overlapping theological dimensions allow a different metaphorization of the oneness and unity of the church.