Apostolic and Prophetic: Ecclesiological Perspectives by Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen PDF

By Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen

Apostolic and Prophetic promotes a imaginative and prescient of the church as apostolic, ecumenical, and radical. It explores the that means of every of those ecclesial marks and their intrinsic connections. the quantity therefore attracts a large span among the apostolic previous (tradition) and an intensive point of view at the current and destiny ecumenical church.
The ebook considers the idea that of apostolicity rising in patristic theology, and it examines this idea because it has been constructed in a few decide on Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Anglican ecumenical records. Unresolved ecumenical questions referring to ecumenical technique and church ministry are frankly mentioned, together with serious observations on ecumenical praxis. the trendy inspiration of church buildings as denominations is tested intimately, specially within the Lutheran context. the writer additionally bargains a severe review of an immense ecumenical occasion, the once a year Week of Prayer for Christian harmony. The inspiration of a thorough church--aware of its roots and prophetically dedicated to religion within the state of God looking freedom and justice--is explored via an in depth research and dialogue of the paintings of Dorothee Sölle and Terry Eagleton, seminal thinkers of our time.

"Gesa Thiessen discusses a huge variety of present ecumenical matters in a way that's either theoretically lucid and virtually worthy. Her event as bridge-builder among Lutherans and Roman Catholics in addition to among German and English-speaking theological traditions permits her to grapple with many modern difficulties in an artistic and forward-looking style. not just educational theologians, but in addition ecumenically minded laypeople will reap the benefits of Thiessen's honest and participatory method of enticing hard topics."
-Risto Saarinen
University of Helsinki

"This ebook will problem, tell, and pleasure all who're captivated with the church at the present time. From essentially the most devoted and artistic Lutheran ecumenists round, it delves deeply into the background of the church to attract forth empowering and encouraging ecclesial views for at the present time and day after today alike. looking to retrieve an knowing of what lies on the real center of apostolicity and the actually radical nature of the Gospel itself, exploring and explicating the character and reality of ecumenical discussion, and supplying a imaginative and prescient for the church that resonates loudly with the excellent news that used to be proclaimed in first-century Palestine, this paintings may be required analyzing for these interested in discussion this day and may increase any path that bargains with ecumenism and modern ecclesiology. Gesa Thiessen has played an incredible carrier to the theological group in bringing this paintings into being. It 'sends forth' a message of really excellent news in regards to the country of God to an international so wanting such--apostolic and prophetic indeed."
-Gerard Mannion
University of San Diego

Gesa Thiessen lectures in systematic theology at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, and Mater Dei Institute, Dublin, and is an Honorary Fellow of the dep. of Theology and non secular reviews of the college of Wales, Lampeter. She has released numerous books together with, between others, Ecumenical Ecclesiology (2009), Theological Aesthetics: A Reader (2004), and Theology and smooth Irish artwork (1999).

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