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Social Doctrine of the Trinity and Communion Ecclesiology in Leonardo Boff and Gisbert Greshake

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 March 2013

Brian M. Doyle
Marymount University


This essay examines the methodological relationship of social doctrines of the Trinity and ecclesiologies of communion. The Theologies of Gisbert Greshake and Leonardo Boff represent theologians arguing that ecclesiology must be based on a doctrine of God which they present from a social (or psychological) perspective. The goal of the essay is to expose some of the methodological assumptions made by ecclesiologists and the value of social approach to the Trinity can have in an ecclesiology of communion.

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