Where I Am by Dennett Daniel C

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It is this factor which makes Cox in his Practice Downloaded from University Publishing Online. 251 on Fri Jan 27 11:59:41 GMT 2012. 002 The anatomy of power 27 and Procedure in the Church of Scotland19 declare it a principle of Presbyterianism that it be 'conciliar in polity'; and Cox's collection of the constitutional documents, on which the particular structures of this church are based, reveals the following deployment of'synods or councils', now called 'courts'. e. one ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament), and a number of ruling elders or presbyters, who are ordained for life to that office, and it is called a kirk session.

Furthermore, he chooses the ways in which the college can act, and no informal consensus of the college can achieve the status of an act of supreme power unless he proclaim, or at least accept, it freely. The most solemn form in which this collegial power is exercised is that of an ecumenical council; but this must be convened by the pope, he must preside over it, set its agenda, approve its decrees, and transfer, Downloaded from University Publishing Online. 251 on Fri Jan 27 11:59:41 GMT 2012.

002 The anatomy ofpower 23 consist in these particular contours of the institutionalisation of sovereignty. The contention that forms of government cannot simply be aligned to points on the spectrum of power remains intact, and the real reason for power in a Christian church assuming the form of force may, when it is found, point the finger of suspicion at churches other than the Roman Catholic Church. Now if the 'accident' of this imperial form of government in the Roman Catholic Church - 'accident' also in the sense of being a contingent historical development rather than the result of a divine decree - fails of itself to reveal whether social relationships within that church are instances of power as force or power as authority, there is clear need to look further into the actual details of governing theory and practice in the church (and later in other churches).

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