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By Paul Valliere

Conciliarism is likely one of the oldest and so much crucial technique of decision-making within the heritage of the Christian Church. certainly, as a number one Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann states, ‘Before we comprehend where and the functionality of the council within the Church, we needs to, for that reason, see the Church herself as a council.’ Paul Valliere tells the tale of councils and conciliar decision-making within the Christian Church from earliest occasions to the current. Drawing widely upon the scholarship on conciliarism which has seemed within the final half-century, Valliere brings a extensive ecumenical point of view to the learn and indicates how the conciliar culture of the Christian previous can function a source for resolving conflicts within the Church this day. The publication offers a conciliarism which contains historic legacy, yet which leads us ahead, no longer backward, and which retains the Church's collective eyes at the prize - the eschatological country of God.

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