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Familia Dei


The Second Vatican Council (1962 – 1965) marked a turning point in the church history of the 20th century. During this period a large number of documents was issued which deal with questions and problems in the fields of theology, the Church and the world. The dogmatic constitution “Lumen Gentium” tries to clarify the nature and task of the Church by drawing on various biblical images (the Church as a temple of the Holy Spirit, as the body of Christ, as God’s people, etc.) in order to describe what the Church is and how it is characterized. In the meantime, more than 40 years have passed and the Council has become history. During this period the texts have been adopted to a more or less great extent. This research project aims to trace the development of the history of adoption and to shed light on the core themes of post-Council ecclesiology. The project further intends to examine different (social, historical and systematic) dimensions of the image of the Church as “God’s family” as it has been used in the texts of the second Vatikanum. The advantages of this image of the Church over other images will be illustrated by the aspects of a “Familia Dei Ecclesiology”.