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1. The branch of theology that is concerned with the nature, constitution, and functions of a church.
2. The study of ecclesiastical architecture and ornamentation.

ec·cle′si·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the study of the Christian Church
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the study of Church architecture and decoration
ecclesiological adj
ecˌclesioˈlogically adv
ecˌclesiˈologist n


(ɪˌkli ziˈɒl ə dʒi)

1. the study of ecclesiastical adornments and furnishings.
2. the study of church doctrine.
ec•cle`si•o•log′ic (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪk) ec•cle`si•o•log′i•cal, adj.
ec•cle`si•o•log′i•cal•ly, adv.


1. the study of church building and decoration.
2. Theology. the doctrine of the church.
3. the policy and operations of the church. — ecclesiologist, n. — ecclesiologic, ecclesiological, adj.
See also: Church
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Noun1.ecclesiology - the branch of theology concerned with the nature and the constitution and the functions of a church
theology, divinity - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
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Mystery of the Church, People of God: Yves Conger's Total Ecclesiology as a Path to Vatican II.
It became the basis of the 1920 Lambeth Conference's "Appeal to All Christian People" and played an influential role in the first planning meeting in 1920 for the upcoming World Conference on Faith and Order, setting the agenda that is reflected in Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry (BEM), (11) in the Apostolic Faith study, in the work on hermeneutics, and in Faith and Order's lengthy reflection on ecclesiology.
One could do ecclesiology "from above"--emphasizing the divine origins of the institution, laying out its perfections and its holiness, treating "the church" as abstract and universal.
In this edited volume, twelve scholars offer diverse perspectives on ecclesiology and ethnography as methods for theology.
Especially through participation in the World Council of Churches, the family of Orthodox Churches (Eastern and Oriental) has had the opportunity to come together to reflect upon and present their understanding of missiology, its relationship with ecclesiology, and its overall connection to ecumenism, both within the Orthodox family and in relation to the larger Christian community.
Restore Unite, Recover Identity, and Refine Orthopraxy: The Believers' Priesthood in the Ecclesiology of James Leo Garrett, Jr.
With its ecclesiological principle that the Church does not exist for itself but for service "in and for the world," Faith and Order ecclesiology brings into mutual accountability diverse aspects of being Church: mission and evangelism, promotion of justice and peace, protection of the environment, inter-religious cooperation, moral discernment, advocacy, healing and reconciliation.
Although disagreements over political ecclesiology were to prove bitterly divisive, they did not produce a straightforward polarization between binary ideological groupings; certainly the struggle was not simply between the Erastians and their clerical opponents.
The tension between individual and communal dimensions of the church and the interplay of congregational, denominational, and global aspects of the church lie at the heart of this new collection of essays on believers church ecclesiology.
Nonetheless, for Echeverria, the ecclesiology of Vatican II does represent a step forward in ecumenism, inasmuch as it recognizes that elements of the one Church of Christ exist outside the visible bounds of the Catholic Church.
In God's custody; the church, a history of divine protection; a study of John Calvin's ecclesiology based on his commentary on the minor prophets.
Spiritual Architecture and Paradise Regained: Milton's Literary Ecclesiology.