Apostolicity : The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective

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What constitutes the unity of the church over time and across cultures? Can our account of the church's apostolic faith embrace the cultural diversity of world Christianity?
The ecumenical movement that began in the twentieth century posed the problem of the church's apostolicity in profound new ways. In the attempt to find unity in the midst of the Protestant-Catholic schism, participants in this movement defined the church as a distinct culture-complete with its own structures, rituals, architecture and music. Apostolicity became a matter of cultivating the church's own (Western) culture. At the same time it became disconnected from mission, and more importantly, from the diverse reality of world Christianity.
In this pioneering study, John Flett assesses the state of the conversation about the apostolic nature of the church. He contends that the pursuit of ecumenical unity has come at the expense of dealing responsibly with crosscultural difference. By looking out to the church beyond the West and back to the New Testament, Flett presents a bold account of an apostolicity that embraces plurality.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 25 x 152 x 25.4mm | 522g
  • Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • 0830850953
  • 9780830850952
  • 416,715

Table of contents



1. The Problem of Apostolicity

2. Apostolicity Under the Horizon of Schism

3. Culture as the Nature of Apostolic Continuity

4. Apostolicity and Colonization: A Relationship?

5. Subordinating Apostolicity to the Apostolate

6. Historical Continuity in the Perspective of World Christianity

7. Jesus Christ, the One Ground of the Apostle

8. Apostolicity: The Livingness of the Living Word


Author Index

Subject Index

Scripture Index
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John Flett's Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective gives voice to the challenge of that course for me: how Western Christianity still struggles with the legitimacy of non-Western churches. . . . By allowing apostolicity to be reconceived as a process to be undergone rather than a historical-cultural substance to be replicated, Flett convincingly argues for a postcolonial way forward for ecclesiology.--Myles Werntz, Books Culture, July 7, 2016
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About John G. Flett

John G. Flett (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) lectures in intercultural theology and mission studies at Pilgrim Theological College, part of the University of Divinity in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of The Witness of God: The Trinity, Missio Dei, Karl Barth and the Nature of Christian Community and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
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