Receiving the Nature and Mission of the Church

Receiving the Nature and Mission of the Church : Ecclesial Reality and Ecumenical Horizons for the Twenty-first Century


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A collection of essays and assessments in which scholars from a variety of denominational, geographical and ecclesiological backgrounds attempt to discern the significance of the 2006 document 'Nature and Mission of the Church from the World Council of Churches', thereby offering doctrinal, theological and hermeneutical perspectives and analysis on its formation and content. The essays also seek to discern the potential ecumenical ramifications of the document. These contributions also address futures for ecumenical dialogue and the development of an ecumenical ecclesiology in general.This is an apposite and timely collection of responses which includes contributions from those who witnessed its launch in the context of the WCC in 2006 at Porte Allegre. Whilst so many books on the church already exist, the focused nature of the proposed volume, as well as the international, and broad denominational range of the contributors, makes this volume unique. In addition, the proposed volume is not, primarily, an historical study, but rather an ecclesiological study, and its original form is further accentuated.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • T.& T.Clark Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0567032434
  • 9780567032430
  • 1,447,427

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Author Information

Revd Dr Paul M. Collins, a priest in the Church of England, Reader in Theology at the University of Chichester, UK. Michael A. Fahey is professor of theology at Boston College, USA.

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'Opening remarks by Gerard Mannion remind us of the nature of the new reality in human organization which was the church, a movement that had spread far from its roots before it was an official religion of the Roman Empire. With a sense that our world today mirrors the class, religious and race divisions of those first years, our editors describe the inception and purpose of the movement out of which this book arises, the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network and its work as reflected through the American Academy of Religion and other venues. Through the inclusivity of authors in this volume, the editors are quick to affirm the links between ecclesiology and the contemporary socio-economic and political settings in which churches find themselves.' Rodney L. Petersen, Boston Theological Institute --Sanford Lakoff

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