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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Being as Communion by John D. A systematic contemporary presentation of Orthodox ecclesiology. Significant chapters on Eucharist and catholicity, apostolic continuity and succession, ministry and communion, and the local church.
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Feb 02, Joshua Butler rated it it was amazing. The redemption of my personhood will entail the healing of my relationships to all these varied spheres of life. Jul 24, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this book because my much smarter and better looking friend Jeremy did a thesis on John Zizioulas.
Zizioulas is one of the leading Eastern Orthodox theologians today. But this was a difficult book. Zizioulas is much easier to read if you have a good working knowledge of the Christian tradition in the Patristic period particularly in the Eastknowledge of doctrinal development and a workign knowledge of philosophy.
I possess these in a small measure so I was able to work my way through I read this book because my much smarter and better looking friend Jeremy did a thesis on John Zizioulas. I possess these in a small measure so I was able to work my way through this book, though it was not a quick read.
However it was delightful. I found this book tremendously helpful in thinking through my thoughts about what the Church is. He actually has a lot to say about the development of ontology from the ancient Greeks, until the Cappadocian Fathers and how the latter came to understand their ontology in light of the personhood of the Father in the Godhead.
Being as Communion: Studies in Personhood and the Church by John D. Zizioulas
By this he, he argues relatationship is at the very core of all being Father relating with the Son and Spirit. The Church, is a body instituted by Christ and constituted by the Spirit which participates in Communion with the Father.
Thus those who have been baptized into the Church are constituted not only biologically but also ecclesially. If the previous paragraph was incomprehensible, know that I was attempting to dumb down Metropolitan John a lot.
There is much more in the book than I have described i. The role of the bishop, Apostolic succession, the Eucharist, etc. Suffice to say, this was a challenging book, which I found fruitful and will likely return to. Mar 24, Dougald rated it really liked it.
Really enjoyed this work. There were some parts that I would disagree with, especially being a Baptist and Zizioulas being an Orthodox Christian. Despite those areas of disagreement, the work is a good work that encourages the church to be one and yet many. The ending of the book I found the most helpful as he lays out how the church universal and local should interact. May 25, Dwight Davis rated it it was amazing.
Zizioulas covers a wide range of topics in this work, everything from Christology to theological anthropology and personhood, ontology, and liturgical and sacramental ministry. He offers an understanding of the person in Christ as a social person, arguing against any notion of individualism.
This work is dense and brilliant. One of the best works of theology I’ve read. Dec 23, Jacob Aitken rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Zizioulas does an excellent study for us in how the Trinity shapes our understanding of the person specifically as it relates to the Church.
This book is a collection of essays, the first half dealing with Trinitarian issues and the latter half dealing with the Church. Zizzy notes that ancient Greek thought maintained a diversity in spite of apparent unity Christianity would come along and identify the h Zizioulas does an excellent study for us in how the Trinity shapes our understanding of the person specifically as it relates to the Church.
Christianity would come along and identify the hypostasis with the prosopon. In other words, the ancient teaching could now differentiate between person and nature. Person is no longer a category of being, but the hypostasis of a being.
Being as Communion: Studies in Personhood and the Church
Person constitutes being Ontology and God’s Existence The person of the Father is the ontological principle cimmunion God’s existence Athanasios, contra later moves by Thomas Aquinas, made a distinction between substance and will Contra Arianos: He broke the closed ontology of the Greeks.
To be is not the same as to will zizioula to act. He connected the Son’s being to the substance of God, which of course, is grounded in the person of the Father. Hypostasis now has a relational dimension, and Athanasios rejected the distinction between primary and secondary substance 85 n. Truth and Communion The Greeks were perceptive enough to know that history is in the realm of decay 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. If Truth is timeless and eternal, how can it interact with the changing realm of history?
St Maximos the Confessor was the one to solve this communion. Thus, history is provisional ziziouoas it is also meaningful: Conclusion This is only a thumbnail sketch. The rest of the book deals with ecclesiological issues that are probably more relevant for Orthodox seminarians.
View all 5 comments. Mar 02, Kyle rated it it was amazing Shelves: I usually encourage people to read beyond their reading level. Persevering through a challenging book full of foreign concepts is a most rewarding and enlightening experience.
It’s those types of books that make us a better reader. That being said, this isn’t for the faint of heart. Unless you have passing familiarity with Eastern Orthodox ecclesiology, Patristic theology, trinitarian theology, and early church history I suggest you forgo this book for the time being and do some groundwork zlzioulas I usually encourage people to read beyond their reading level.
Unless you have passing familiarity with Eastern Orthodox ecclesiology, Patristic theology, trinitarian theology, and early church history I suggest you forgo this book for the ckmmunion being and do some groundwork first Justo Gonzalez and Bishop Ware are instructive here. Even for those with johb passing understanding of the aforementioned topics, this book aa a challenging read. I think this is especially true for protestants like me.
To be honest, I almost put the book down after the first 60 pages–a historical piece on the ontology of personhood and the category of communion in ontology.
Things remained equally challenging through xommunion second chapter addressing the question of the ontological and historical character of truth. Things got better for me beginning in communoon third chapter.
As a collection, the book tended to circle around the same topics over and over and over again. One became aware of the problems of the synthesis between christology and pneumetology, the eucharist and catholicity, the one and the many, apostolic succession, ministry and the eucharist, etc.
One also became more aware of Zizioulas’ solutions to these problems as asked from different positions and problems. It’s repetition became a key to its unlocking. In the end, this is too large of work and I am too lazy to evaluate in a medium like this. Let it be said that I have found a vast zizioklas house of theological reflection that will continue to shape me as I prayerfully seek out what it means for the Church of God to be the Church of God. I have found vocabulary that will help me bring together my passing interests in eschatology and Christology to a deeper and more penetrating synthesis with pneumetology, ecclesiology, and theological anthropology.
May 18, Tony rated it really liked it. One of the questions Zizoulas tackles sounds odd to a layman, but to philosophers it’s no small inquiry: We can dispense with biological answers: The question regards uniqueness: Zizoulas ties his answer to communion–we are unique One of the questions Zizoulas tackles sounds odd to a layman, but to philosophers it’s no small inquiry: Zizoulas ties his answer to communion–we are unique humans insofar as we are in intimate relationship with other beings.
I am no longer human number 9,, when I become a son, a husband, a father, a friend. Of course everyone is automatically someone’s child, if nothing else, so surely that would settle the silly question, but if you have no place in your heart for your parents, for siblings, for spouse, children, friends, then while you may have biological or social ties, you are not in relationship with them. If you do not love beinh more than yourself, in other words, you are nothing more than human number 9,, The connection to communion in the Orthodox faith, then, is a recognition of the relationships within the Trinity.