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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Florovsky on: Community


"Christianity entered history as a new social order, or rather a new social dimension. From the very beginning Christianity was not primarily a 'doctrine' but exactly a 'community'. There was not only a 'Message' to be proclaimed and delivered, and a 'Good News' to be declared. There was precisely a New Community, distinct and peculiar, in the process of growth and formation, to which members were called and recruited. Indeed, 'fellowship' was the basic category of Christian existence."

- Georges Florovsky, 'Empire and Desert: Antinomies of Christian History'
Taken from Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haws, p226

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