Good Disagreement? Grace and Truth in a Divided Church
At every level of church life from the local congregation to worldwide denominations, Christians can find themselves in turmoil and divided over a range of important issues. Many conclude that harmony is not achievable, and never will be. Can we,...
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At every level of church life from the local congregation to worldwide denominations, Christians can find themselves in turmoil and divided over a range of important issues. Many conclude that harmony is not achievable, and never will be. Can we, as Archbishop Justin Welby has asked, transform 'bad disagreement' into 'good disagreement'? What would that look like in practice? This book is designed to help readers unpack the idea of 'good disagreement' and apply it to their own church situations. It doesn't enter into specific contentious debates, but instead considers issues such as reconciliation, division, discipline, peacemaking, mediation and mission. It asks what needs to happen for those from differing viewpoints to both listen and be heard, and does not shy away from hard questions about unity in the gospel and the church's public witness. The book draws lessons from the New Testament, church history, and contemporary experience, with chapters from a dozen theologians and practitioners. They are editors Andrew Atherstone and Andrew Goddard, Tory Baucum, Martin Davie, Lis Goddard, Clare Hendry, Toby Howarth, Ashley Null, Ian Paul, Stephen Ruttle, Michael B.Thompson, and Tom Wright.
Revd Dr Andrew Goddard (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is Tutor in Christian Ethics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. In recent years he has played a significant role in the Anglican Communion debates on homosexuality and the nature of communion. He is the editor of Anvil, the Anglican evangelical theology journal and a Fellow of the Anglican Communion Institute. He is on the Faith and Order Advisory Group of the Church of England, the leadership team of Fulcrum and the Evangelical Alliance's Commission on Unity and Truth among Evangelicals.Andrew continues to write and speak on matters relating to the Anglican Communion and to sexuality and with Elisabeth (his wife) he is delivering the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity Lectures in 2006 on Redeeming Family, to be published by IVP in 2007, he has authored A Pocket Guide To Ethical Issues, Living The Word, Resisting The World and The Moral Leader (with Bishop James Jones).
Andrew Atherstone (D.Phil., Oxon) is based at Wycliffe Hall. He is a research fellow of the Latimer Trust and involved in a ministry of writing and speaking. His books include The Martyrs of Mary Tudor; Oxford's Protestant Spy: The Controversial Career of Charles Golightly and The Reformation: Faith and Flames: