Denomination: Assessing an Ecclesiological Category

Denomination: Assessing an Ecclesiological Category

Hardback Ecclesiological Investigations

Edited by Barry Ensign-George, Edited by Rev Dr. Paul M. Collins

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  • Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 188 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 20mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 18 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 0567131319
  • ISBN 13: 9780567131317
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,175,123

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The term denomination is now widely used to describe a Christian community or church. But what is a denomination? In this highly creative collection of essays representatives of all major Christian traditions give an answer to this question. What does the term mean in their own tradition? And does that tradition understand itself to be a denomination? If so, what is that understanding of denomination; and if not, how does the tradition understand itself vis vis those churches which do and those churches which do not understand themselves as denominations? In dialogue with the argument and ideas set forth in Barry Ensign-Georges essay each essay offers a response from the perspective of a particular church (tradition). Each essay also consider questions concerning the current landscape of ecumenical dialogue; ecumenical method and the goals of the ecumenical movement; also questions of Christian identity and belonging

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Barry Ensign-George is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which he serves as Associate for Theology in the denomination's Office of Theology & Worship. His reaserch is focused on ecclesiology, particularly on formulating a theological assessment of denomination as an ecclesiological category. Revd Dr Paul M. Collins, is a priest in the Church of England, and a Reader in Theology at the University of Chichester, UK. His main works to date are Trinitarian Theology West and East: Karl Barth, the Cappadocian Fathers and John Zizioulas (2001), Context, Culture and Worship: The Quest for Indian-ness (2006). Secretary of the new formed Ecclesiological Investigations Network.

Review quote

'What is a denomination? Does it differ from a convention, fellowship, synod, or church? Is it primarily a sociological or a theological term? Denominational consciousness stands for particularity relative to the whole church. The premier ecclesiologists who discuss the nature, function, and relevance this term in an ecumenical age display the diversity of their denominational points of view. As denominations wane in the West and never quite take hold in cultures that do not share the history that generated them, will the gifts that each preserves for the whole church be lost? These analysts throw distinctive light on these issues and by so doing relativize the narrowness of denominational consciousness and help expand the vision of the larger church in which the denominations participate. This topic and these superb treatments of it provide a unique entree into the ecumenical vision that people from all the denominations will appreciate. As a whole the book represents a quiet, conversational but brilliant essay in comparative ecclesiology that no course in ecumenism can neglect.' - Roger Haight, S. J., Scholar in Residence, Union Theological Seminary, USA.--Sanford Lakoff

Table of contents

Core Essay: Barry Ensign-George, Reformed/Presbyterian; Essay: Gesa Thiessen, Lutheran; Essay: Amy Planitnga Pauw, Reformed/Presbyterian; Essay: Russell Richey, Methodist (USA); Essay: K.M. George, Oriental Orthodox; Essay: Joseph Muthuraj, United Church (India); Essay: Ann Riggs, Quaker; Essay: Elena Vishnevskaya, Orthodox; Essay: Paul Avis, Anglican; Essay: Peter de Mey, Roman Catholic; Essay: Kirsteen Kim, Methodist (UK); Essay: Steve Harmon, Baptist; Essay: Wolfgang Vondey, Penetcostal.