Ecclesiology 4 (2008) 222–236 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/174413608X308636 www.brill.nl/ecso ECCLESIOLOGY Article Review John Zizioulas on Personhood in God and for Humankind Geoﬀ rey Wainwright Th e Divinity School, Duke University, Durham NC 27708-0967 , USA email@example.com At last we have from Metropolitan John Zizioulas a major work that is a wor- thy successor to his deservedly inﬂ uential Being as Communion . 1 It appears under the title Communion and Otherness . 2 In initial summary: ‘[T]he prob- lem of otherness will be approached from diﬀ erent angles, all of them corre- sponding to fundamental aspects of the Christian faith. In all these aspects, the “other” will be shown to be ontologically constitutive for the being of God, both in his immanent and in his “economic” existence, including the person and work of Christ, as well as for the being of creation and the human being in their actual condition and their eschatological destiny’ (p. 14). Without ‘otherness’ there can be no ‘communion’ either in the Church or in society, and so ‘[t]he task of working out an understanding of communion linked organically with an understanding of otherness appears to be impera- tive in
Ecclesiology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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