An Introduction to Ecclesiology: Ecumenical, Historical & Global Perspectives
What is the church? What makes the church church? In this volume, theologian Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen provides an up-to-date survey and analysis of the major ecclesiological traditions, the most important theologians, and a number of contextual approaches that attempt to answer these essential questions. Drawing on his international experience, global research and ecumenical awareness, Kärkkäinen presents an overview of both traditional and contemporary expressions of the Christian church. An Introduction to Ecclesiology will richly reward the student, pastor or layperson who is looking for a comprehensive and insightful overview of the unity and diversity of understandings and practices within the one church of Jesus Christ.
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The importance of this book is undeniable. It approaches ecclesiology in the most appropriate way: with integrity, with impartiality, and with knowledge. Karkkainen discusses the theologies and situations which shaped the church around the world and saw the rise the various denominations.
Many on the outside of Christianity heap criticism on its pluralism, and those inside, often dismissing each other's traditions, assume their own style of church to be the one true way to follow Christ. Karkkainen uncovers the richness of each tradition based, more often than not, on shared biblical truths. This book will help readers to appreciate the theological make-up of their fellow Christians and to gain more of an understanding of where their own tradition sits within the broader context of the church's history.
The Church as an Icon of the Trinity Eastern Orthodox Ecclesiology
The Church as the People of God Roman Catholic Ecclesiology
The Church as Just and Sinful Lutheran Ecclesiology
The Church as Covenant Reformed Ecclesiology
The Church as the Fellowship of Believers Free Church Ecclesiologies
The Church in the Power of the Spirit PentecostalCharismatic Ecclesiologies
The Church as One The Ecumenical Movement Ecclesiologies
LEADING CONTEMPORARY ECCLESIOLOGISTS
Lesslie Newbigin Missionary Ecclesiology
Concluding Reflections on Leading Ecclesiologists
The NonChurch Movement in Asia
Base Ecclesial Communities in Latin America
The Feminist Church
African Independent Churches Ecclesiology
The Shepherding Movements Renewal Ecclesiology
John Zizioulas Communion Ecclesiology
Hans Kung Charismatic Ecclesiology
Wolfhart Pannenberg Universal Ecclesiology
Jiirgen Moltmann Messianic Ecclesiology
Miroslav Volf Participatory Ecclesiology
James McClendon Jr Baptist Ecclesiology