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

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

Hardback Ecclesiological Investigations

Edited by Rev Dr. Paul M. Collins, Edited by Michael A. Fahey


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  • Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 20mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 13 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 0567032434
  • ISBN 13: 9780567032430
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,366,682

Product description

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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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.

Review quote

'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

Table of contents

Thomas Best, WCC, Geneva - Foreword; Michael. A. Fahey, Boston College, USA - Introduction; Fr K. M. George, Orthodox Seminary, Kottayam, Kerala; The Context of the document: Porte Allegre; Paul Collins, University of Chichester, UK-The Nature and Mission of the Church Communion: God, Creation, and Church; Peter De Mey, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium - How to Express the Link between the Church and the Holy Trinity in a Common Ecumenical Discourse?; An Analysis of Recent Ecumenical Documents on the Nature of the Church; Risto Saarinen, University of Helsinki, Finland - Called to be the One Church?; The Unity Statements of the WCC and Their Reception in the Document "The Nature and Mission of the Church"; Wolfgang Vondey, Regent University, USA - Pentecostal Perspectives on The Nature and Mission of the Church; Korinna Zamfir, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania - Is There a Future for the Catholic-Protestant Ecclesiological Dialogue? The Non-reception and a Challenge for Ecumenical Dialogue; Bradford E. Hinze, Fordham University, USA - Are Councils and Synods Decision Making? A Roman Catholic Conundrum in Ecumenical Perspective John Hind, Bishop of Chichester, UK - After-word.