Confessing the Faith: Christian Theology in A North American Context

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Fortress Press - Religion - 534 pages
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This bold work culminates Hall's three- volume contextual theology, the first to take the measure of Christian belief and doctrine explicitly in light of North American cultural and historical experience.Hall is deeply critical of North American culture but also of sidelined Christian churches that struggle to gain dominance within it. "We must stop thinking of the reduction of Christendom as a tragedy!" he says. The disestablishment that the churches reluctantly enjoy can enable them to develop genuine community, uncompromised theology, and honest engagement with the larger culture. To a failed culture and a struggling church Hall shows the radical implications of a theology of the cross for the shape and practice of church, preaching, ministry, ethics, and eschatology.Hall's frank and prophetic volume is the trilogy's most practical, and the most sustained probe to date of Christian life in a post-Christian context.
 

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Contents

The Confessing Church
33
2 Christological Foundations of the Confessing Church
44
Contours of the Church
65
4 The Marks of the Church
70
5 The Church and the Churches
97
6 The Body and Its Members
107
7 Church Society and State
116
8 The Church and the Faiths of Others
135
21 The Doctrine of Election
322
22 The Ethic of Resistance and the Ethic of Responsibility
332
The Forms of Faiths Confession
341
Christian Confession as Word Deed and Stance
343
Preaching the Faith
348
25 Other Verbal Forms of Faiths Confession
364
26 Confession as Deed
387
27 Confession as Stance
395

Mission Message and Ministry
143
10 The WorldOrientation of the Christian Mission
150
11 The Mission as Message
163
The Empowerment of Mission
184
Metamorphosis From Christendom to Diaspora
199
Disestablishment and the Crisis of Mainline Protestantism
201
An Overview
204
15 Establishment and Disestablishment in North America
226
16 The Task of Disestablishment
240
17 On Being a Diaspora in a Christian Context
256
Christian Life in a PostChristian Context
265
19 Resources for the Journey
275
20 The Covenantal Basis of the Disciple Community
311
Theological Ethics
405
29 Ethics as Discipleship
419
30 The Ethics of a Prophetic Minority
433
The Reign of God and Christian Hope
451
Confessing Hope
453
32 What is Eschatology?
469
Creaturely Destiny
483
34 The Journey of the Self
498
Conclusion
519
Index of Subjects
523
Index of Names
530
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