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Church : A Guide for the Perplexed - Matt Jenson

Church

A Guide for the Perplexed

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Published: 12th August 2010
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This book offers an upper-level introduction to the Christian doctrine of the Church. This book is a rigorous comprehensive introduction to the doctrine of the Church by taking the tack of walking readers through the internal logic of ecclesiology. Rather than simply offering a compendium of perspectives on each issue that arises, the authors seek to teach and model thinking theologically, with the grain of scripture and ecclesial reflection, about the Church. The chapters are peppered with two to three excurses per chapter which consider a particularly pertinent issue that arises from the doctrine's development (e.g. the move from Jesus to the Church, schism and the rise of denominations, sacramental mediation) or contemporary concerns (e.g. the question of other religions, contemporary ecumenical questions, the emerging church). While the overall tone and content of the book articulate and invite discussion on the problematics of ecclesiology, these excurses will provide ample opportunity to examine and (where appropriate) untangle ecclesiological knots. Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging - or indeed downright bewildering. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.

'An important book. The subtitle calls for a thorough survey of the material. This Matt Jenson and David Wilhite ably provide...with such creativity and depth of analysis that the book could easily stand on its own outside this series.'--Sanford Lakoff 'This is simply a great introduction to the theology of the church, ecclesiology, that is neither an attempt to justify a particular conception of the church, nor narrow in its concerns.'--Sanford Lakoff An important book. The subtitle calls for a thorough survey of the material. This Matt Jenson and David Wilhite ably provide...with such creativity and depth of analysis that the book could easily stand on its own outside this series. The Church is indeed a guide - for both the perplexed and the apoplexed. Jenson and Wilhite offer an important theological tonic to those for whom "church" connotes scandal or abuse rather than good news and reconciliation. Writing from their own free church traditions but for the whole church, they provide a non-partisan overview of the doctrine of the church that is clear but never simplistic. They include several well-judged excurses on particularly important matters (e.g., the question of Jesus' founding the church, the development of the episcopacy, women's ordination, and the emerging church). Their main burden, however, is to weave a positive account of the nature, function, and origin of the church as the means by which the triune God asserts and advances the kingdom that arrived in Jesus. This wonderful collaboration provides further evidence that "wherever two or three are gathered in Christ's name," Christ is indeed in their midst. Baptist Times This is an excellent and much-needed introduction to ecclesiology. The book is wide-ranging, engaging the most important classical sources and some of the most interesting contemporary theological voices. 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INTRO: begin with a doxological note; interweaving of thinking about and thinking in the church; METAPHOR: surveys and interrogates various images for the church; MARKS: visible/invisible church discussion; classical marks; MEDIATION: questions of coordinating divine and human agency; MISSION: missio Dei; kingdom, church and world; CONCLUSION: end with a doxological note.

ISBN: 9780567033369
ISBN-10: 0567033368
Series: Guides for the Perplexed
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 12th August 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1