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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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In theological writings, this trajectory can be found in those ecclesiologists (and missiologists) who take the church's mission as their starting point (the church as participation in the missio Dei); and who construct the contours of the life of the church by reference to Jesus' preaching of the kingdom of God with its focus on overcoming evil (14) and the ongoing need for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in working toward that kingdom.
Sociologists, ecclesiologists and missiologists who study this church decline often point their fingers at the church clinging to its religious institutionalism, more specifically the stuff of institution that the church adopted soon after the fourth century as it entered what has been called the age of Christendom.
Among the Roman Catholic ecclesiologists of the first period, the American Jesuit mentioned especially the names and the works of Charles Cardinal Journet, L'eglise du Verbe incarne, 3 vols.
Peterson describes the variety of approaches currently propounded by Lutheran and Reformed academic ecclesiologists.
The gifts of ecclesiology and ethics--and with them, the particular gifts of ecclesiologists and ethicists--need to be in a reciprocal and mutually informing dialogue, "for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of faith and of knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ" (Eph 4.
The fact that Father Komonchak was there, probably the best of the American ecclesiologists, the fact that Father Dulles was at the time teaching there, and the fact that Fr.
Sullivan, dean of Catholic ecclesiologists, to consider the idea of episcopal ecclesiology in the theology of Philippine Bishop Luis Antonio G.
In order to be able to link the theological with the practical questions, ecumenical missiology must revisit the significance of "specialized mission ministries" in contemporary postcolonial times and start a serious dialogue on their importance with ecclesiologists.
Abstract: The article opens with an account of the principles of territoriality and personality in the organization of the Church, in light of the most recent contributions from ecclesiologists and canon lawyers.
Pinson left little unsaid, it seems, unless he had wished to multiply the comments from countless biblical scholars and ecclesiologists during two millennia of Christian history--which thankfully he did not.
Ecclesiologists and theologians from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden examine what the churches of different the countries and denominations have discovered they hold in common and what areas they recognize that there are divergences between them in relation to ordination and ministry, and especially to the theology and terminology of ordination.