Glen Maurice Lucas
A Research Paper
This research paper is outlined as follows:
II Early Church History
III Gods Chosen People
IV Church History Outline of Events
VI End Notes
My goal for this research paper on ecclesiology is to gain a better understanding
and Insight into the church, the Church of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Being that I am not a theologian, I ask God to direct and guide me, knowing that
He will as He always does and for this I thank Him.
The definition of ecclesiology (ikli:zi-oledzi:) is the study of churches, their origins,
Building, development and decoration. (Fr GK ekklesia, Church and Logas) (1)
There are so many variations of the church throughout the world that I could not
put the study of all into this one paper. That is a lifelong study of growth and
understanding. So for, the context of this paper I will keep to the Catholic tradition
for the most part. Even in that ,there are so many conflicting variations. Cardinal
Avery Dulles, put it so well when he said, “Christians have radically different visions
of the church, they are not agreed upon what the church truly is.” We as Christians
(following Christ) have the hardest time accepting each other’s church. We go
around with an egotistical view of my church being better and more true to form
than your church.
This is a sad state, and not what Jesus I’m sure had in mind to spread the Good
News. The goals of the various churches are pretty much the same, to be saved
through Jesus and unlock the kingdom of Heaven. Then, why is it that sacraments
performed by one Christian church are not accepted by another? Is it not the same
God? Of course it is, there is only one God. Then what is the stumbling block for...