The modification of ecclesial perspective due to the delayed parousia, waning eschatological enthusiasm, and assimilation of Hellenism can be grasped through a series of antithetical positions identified by various scholars: e.g., from eschatology to incarnation, historicization, ecclesiasticism
, sacramentalism; from Spirit to Law; from faith to dogma; from the human Jesus to the divine Christ; from psychosomatic unity to Hellenistic dualism; from charisma to cultic society; from simplicity to complexity.
It was inevitable that a conflict should arise between Agnosticism and Theology; or rather, I ought to say, between Agnosticism and Ecclesiasticism. For Theology, the science, is one thing; and Ecclesiasticism, the champion of a foregone conclusion as to the truth of a particular form of Theology, is another.
But, as between Agnosticism and Ecclesiasticism, or, as our neighbors across the Channel call it, Clericalism, there can be neither peace nor truce.
Their agendas were a mixture of old-fashioned ecclesiasticism
and humanism, a distinction that is evidently invisible to Worster.
The tensions caused by the "imposition of Catholic ecclesiasticism
upon Egyptian Christianity" towards the end of the second century lead in the "succeeding centuries to the natural, if not inevitable, result," the emergence of an Egyptian Coptic Church after Chalcedon (p.
He sees the contemporary conflict as being between agnosticism and ecclesiasticism
, which requires one to declare belief in foregone conclusions.
Let it be understood that it now proposes a new conception of Baptist ecclesiasticism
The last letter deplored the anti-suffrage meeting held at the Queen's Hall on July 10, 1910, when the two principal speakers "in no uncertain terms declared that their real enemy was ecclesiasticism
," then went on to argue that the power of the clergy "under women suffrage would be enormously enhanced," because "women were a prey to the allurements of a ceremonial Church." The letter continues: "I was astonished to realize that this avowed anticlerical movement is receiving the support of some of the leading Catholic M.P.'s" as well as "distinguished and influential members of the Catholic laity." (63) Who they were, the letter failed to say, but many Catholics no doubt knew that Hilaire Belloc, a prominent layman and member of Parliament (1906-10), opposed women's suffrage.
To be sure, Wink on occasion has positive things to say about ecclesiasticism
Sean O'Faolin argues that "A religious theme given institutional treatment is always liable to get lost in the embroidered folds of ecclesiasticism
; and so is the author.
concern sprang from both their effort to differentiate themselves from Catholic ecclesiasticism
and from the Southern Baptist imperative to respond to the ecumenical movement.
The second is the institutional ecclesiasticisms
and theologies that are generated in response to this--the organising of cult or church.
All theologies, and all ecclesiasticisms
are secondary growths superimposed; and the experiences make such flexible combinations with the intellectual prepossessions of their subjects, that one may almost say that they have no proper intellectual deliverance of their own, but belong to a region deeper, & more vital and practical than than that which the intellectual inhabits.