Building on his much acclaimed study "Ascension and Ecclesia", Douglas Farrow extends the line of thought and presents it to a wider audience. "Ascension Theology" places the doctrine of the ascension in the context of the biblical narrative of descent...
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Building on his much acclaimed study "Ascension and Ecclesia", Douglas Farrow extends the line of thought and presents it to a wider audience. "Ascension Theology" places the doctrine of the ascension in the context of the biblical narrative of descent and ascent, in order to shed light on 'the upward call of God in Christ Jesus' and on the eucharistic community that hears and answers that call. It is a book for the Church as well as the academy. "Asension theology" also offers a contemporary account of the Eucharist itself. It addresses the relation of the heavenly session of Christ to the conflicting currents of the present age, and the transformation to the life of the world to come. Specialist and non-specialist alike will find much to ponder in its traditional yet controversial claims.
Farrow is assistant professor of theology at McGill University.
- Preface; 1. The Upward Call;... In Which The Ascension Is Located In Its Biblical Context, Allowing Us To See How It Forms The Natural Outcome Of The Story Of Jesus; 2. Re-imaginings;... In Which Is Traced The Rewriting Of The Ascension Story As 'a Movement Of The Mind', A View Pioneered By The Early Alexandrians And Newly Developed In The Enlightenment; 3. Raising The Stakes;... In Which An Alternative With Stronger Roots In Scripture, Reckoning With The Implications Of Ascension 'in The Flesh', Is Discovered In St Irenaeus And Supported From The Later Tradition; 4. A Question Of Identity;... In Which Is Clarified The Fundamental Issue At Stake In The Doctrine Of The Ascension, Viz., The Identity Of The Risen Christ And Hence Also The Identity Of The Church; 5. Presence In Absence;... In Which The Rite That Sustains The Church During The Absence Of Christ Is Considered, With Reference To The Problem Of The Real Presence; 6. The Politics Of The Eucharist;... In Which The Church's Eucharistic Relation To The World Is Explored In Connection With The Mystery Of Lawlessness That Shadows The Heavenly Session Of Christ; 7. Ascension And Atonement;... In Which Is Discussed The Cleansing Of Heavenly Things And The Glorification Of Earthly Things, And The Great Transition To Glory; Epilogue.