Radix, Matrix: community belonging and the ecclesial form of universalistic communitarism

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If inclusion is the constitutive social function of community belonging, the foundational values of historical communities must be scrutinized in the light of their coherence with this social function. Inclusion thus becomes a normative criterion for the legitimation of particular community belonging, showing that they are socially functional and coherent with themselves only if they respect an internal dynamics of inclusive and emancipatory universalization, opposed to exclusive and regressive particularism, often and illegitimately associated with community belonging. This insight is reinforced by the critical-comparative appeal to the historical-theological notion of ecclesiality established within Christianity, which provides stimulating prospects for an ethically and legally normative definition of citizenship. Different perspectives (exegetico-theological, philosophico-theoretical and historico-critical) come across in this debate to verify this interdependence and the consistency of the corresponding normative formulation of the principle of inclusion.
Translated title of the contributionRadix, Matrix : Community belonging and the ecclesial form of universalistic communitarism
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLisboa
PublisherUniversidade Católica Editora
Number of pages80
ISBN (Electronic)9789725405895
ISBN (Print)9789725405901
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018
EventEX NIHILO, A “Zero Conference” on Research in the Religious Fields, EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION 2017 - EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION, Bologna , Italy
Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017


  • Community
  • Ecclesiality
  • Paul
  • Inclusion


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