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Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology$
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Peter Dula

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395037

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395037.001.0001

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Fugitive Ecclesia

Fugitive Ecclesia

(p.95) 4 Fugitive Ecclesia
Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

Peter Dula

Oxford University Press

A key concept in the later work of Sheldon Wolin is “fugitive democracy.” Wolin argues that, throughout history, democracy has rarely been able to endure through time but instead comes and goes in evanescent, fugitive moments. Much recent work in ecclesiology, especially that of radical orthodoxy, but also that of Stanley Hauerwas and John Howard Yoder, seems to be convinced that the same is true of church. Just to the extent that is true, theologians may find it fruitful to talk about companionship as well as, and sometimes instead of, community.

Keywords:   Sheldon Wolin, fugitive democracy, radical orthodoxy, democracy, ecclesiology, companionship

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