The Mystery of the Church

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“Although we live in a world where the very concept and term ‘church’ has become bureaucratized and formalized, so that most people would immediately think of either a building or administrative society when they hear the word; the Orthodox have retained the older and infinitely more dynamic understanding of church which is found in the Scriptures. These describe the church as a mystery of the ‘life of Christ’; a society of believers, certainly, but more fundamentally, the extended power of Christ’s saving work as manifested and concretized in the world, and in the next age.”

(John Anthony McGuckin, The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to its History, Doctrine, and Spiritual Culture, p 238)

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