Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Ecclesiastical'
adj : of or associated with a church (especially a Christian
Church); "ecclesiastic history" [syn: ecclesiastic]
- Ecclesiastical \Ec*cle`si*as"tic*al\, a. [See Ecclesiastical,
Of or pertaining to the church; relating to the organization
or government of the church; not secular; as, ecclesiastical
affairs or history; ecclesiastical courts.
Every circumstance of ecclesiastical order and
discipline was an abomination. --Cowper.
Ecclesiastical commissioners for England, a permanent
commission established by Parliament in 1836, to consider
and report upon the affairs of the Established Church.
Ecclesiastical courts, courts for maintaining the
discipline of the Established Church; -- called also
Christian courts. [Eng.]
Ecclesiastical law, a combination of civil and canon law as
administered in ecclesiastical courts. [Eng.]
Ecclesiastical modes (Mus.), the church modes, or the
scales anciently used.
Ecclesiastical States, the territory formerly subject to
the Pope of Rome as its temporal ruler; -- called also
States of the Church.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Ecclesiastical'
Ecclesiology (from Greek ἐκκλησίᾱ, ekklēsiā, "congregation, church"; and -λογία, -logia) is the theological study of the Christian church. Specific areas of concern include the church's origin, its relationship to Jesus Christ, its role in salvation, its discipline, its destiny, and its leadership.
Since different ecclesiologies give shape to very different institutions, ecclesiology may also refer to a particular church or denomination’s character, self-described or otherwise. This is the sense of the word in such phrases as Roman Catholic ecclesiology, Lutheran ecclesiology, and ecumenical ecclesiology.
Ecclesiology comes from the Greek ἐκκλησία (ekklesia), which entered Latin as ecclesia. In the Greco-Roman world, the word was used to refer to a lawful assembly, or a called legislative body. As early as Pythagoras, the word took on the additional meaning of a community with shared beliefs.[See more about Ecclesiastical at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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