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  1. The branch of theology concerned with the doctrines, role etc of a church

Ecclesiology (from Greek {ekklēsiā, "congregation, church"; and -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.

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Beliefs that define the church

Rituals that define the church

Topics in church government




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