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Church, World and the Christian Life

Church, World and the Christian Life
Practical-Prophetic Ecclesiology

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine

  • Date Published: September 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521786508

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  • Modern ecclesiology is too concerned with the ideal church, and pays too little attention to its sinful everyday life. Pluralism and postmodernism are discussed, and the argument made that well-meaning attempts to affirm non-Christian religions make it difficult for them or the church to argue that its convictions are true. The book shows that one can talk about the church and other religious communities in ways that acknowledge their uniqueness and truth claims, but also their problems and mistakes. New disciplines are proposed: theological history, theological sociology and ecclesiological ethnography.

    • The book develops new ecclesiological forms: theological history and sociology, and ecclesiological ethnography
    • It shows that ecclesiology can reflect theologically upon the sinfulness of the church, yet still can argue that the church offers the most truthful way of being human
    • It argues, against pluralism, that religious communities may logically debate their beliefs, and may challenge one another's ways of life
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    "This book provides [an] extremely valuable service..." Pro Ecclesia

    "Nicholas Healy's analysis of eccrsiology in Church, World and the Christian Life provides one of the clearest and most persuasive explanations of that rejection to date" Theology Today

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    • Date Published: September 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521786508
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Blueprint ecclesiologies
    3. A theodramatic horizon
    4. Pluralist ecclesiology
    5. A theodramatic response to pluralism
    6. Inclusivist ecclesiology
    7. Practical-prophetic ecclesiology.

  • Author

    Nicholas M. Healy, St John's University, New York

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