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Diakonia StudiesCritical Issues in Ministry$
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John N. Collins

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199367573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367573.001.0001

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The Problem with Values Carried by Diakonia/Diakonie in Recent Church Documents

The Problem with Values Carried by Diakonia/Diakonie in Recent Church Documents

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(p.37) 3 The Problem with Values Carried by Diakonia/Diakonie in Recent Church Documents
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Diakonia Studies
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John N. Collins

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367573.003.0003

Since Vatican II, diakonia has been commonplace in theology as a term for loving Christian service. The usage derives from largely German Protestant scholarship of the 1930s and was widely popularized in regard to ministry. In criticizing the concept at the 1990 Synod of Bishops for obscuring the nature of ordained ministry, Cardinal Ratzinger referred to linguistic research contesting the German understanding. From 2000, scholars supported the Collins re-interpretation. More recently, against this trend, significant documentation has advocated the earlier diakonic values. This development is a disservice to the theology of ministry at a time of its crisis, because linguistic research has established that the central European convention of a benevolent or caritative diakonia has no basis in what early Christians meant by diakonia.

Keywords:   diakonia, Diakonie, caritas, service, ministry

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