Shaping the Church: The Promise of Implicit Theology

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Religion - 193 pages
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This work alters the way that theologians, ecclesiologists, students of religion, and ministers look at the church. Taking the ideas of composition, formation and vocation as basic ecclesial categories, Percy explores how apparently innocent and incidental material is in fact significant for the shaping of theological horizons.
 

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Contents

SACRAMENTS SPIRITUAL LIFE
15
Continuity and Change
35
Churchgoing Culture and Contemporary
49
CHURCH THE NATURE OF THE BODY
65
Can there be Liberal Church Growth?
81
Some Possibilities
95
MINISTRY PRACTISING THEOLOGY
111
The Dynamics of Formation
131
Emotion and Anger in Ecclesial Polity
143
Shaping the Church
159
Select Bibliography
177
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Martyn Percy was Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, from 20104-14. He is a Professor of Theological Education at King s College London and Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London. He writes on Christianity and contemporary culture, modern ecclesiology and practical theology. His recent books include Thirty-Nine Articles: An Anglican Landscape of Faith (Canterbury Press, 2013) and Anglicanism: Confidence, Commitment and Communion (Ashgate, 2013). He was recently described in the journal Theology as the British Theologian who is closest to being a missionary anthropologist . In 2014, he was appointed Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

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