The Church (#06 in Christian Foundations Series)
With the charity, balance, and thoroughness for which he is renowned, Donald Bloesch explores the contours of ecclesiology, addressing contentious issues relating to church authority, sacraments, forms of worship, and the church's role in the plan of salvation. 351 pages,...
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With the charity, balance, and thoroughness for which he is renowned, Donald Bloesch explores the contours of ecclesiology, addressing contentious issues relating to church authority, sacraments, forms of worship, and the church's role in the plan of salvation. 351 pages, from IVP US.
AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsPreface1. IntroductionDiffering Theological PerspectivesNeed for a Theological Balance2. Continuing Issues in EcclesiologyAuthority and InfallibilityReinterpreting the Church's MissionQuandary over WorshipMarks and SignsChristian Unity3. The Church in the Plan of SalvationRoman Catholic TheologyMartin LutherJohn CalvinEmil BrunnerKarl BarthThomas F. TorranceThe Redemptive CommunityThe Church's MandateMary: A Type of the Church4. The Church and the KingdomTwo Sides of the ChurchThe Kingdom in the MakingThe Kingdom and World History5. Authority in the ChurchPapalism versus ConciliarismBiblicalism versus EcclesiasticismExperientialism versus RationalismThe Church Militant and Triumphant6. Marks of the ChurchThe Catholic ConsensusPractical MarksMarks of the False ChurchWord and Spirit7. Worship in Spirit and TruthWorship in Biblical PerspectiveGod TranscendentWord and ImageThe Crisis in SpiritualityTrue SpiritualityAppendix A: Contemporary WorshipAppendix B: An Evangelical Order of WorshipAppendix C: A Reformed Worship Center8. Rethinking SacramentsSacramental Understanding in Christian HistoryHoly BaptismHoly CommunionConfessionWord and SacramentAppendix D: An Ecumenical Consensus?9. The Demise of Biblical PreachingA Legacy in PerilAberrations After the ReformationToward the Recovery of Biblical PreachingPostscript10. A Socio-Theological TypologyA Typology of Religious AssociationA Theological InterpretationLearning from the SectsEpilogueAppendix E: Further Thoughts on Sects and Cults11. The Diversity of MinistriesProtestant Religious OrdersWomen in MinistryMarriage and Celibacy12. The Gospel in a Syncretistic AgeTroeltsch's Theology of Religious HistoryMoltmann's Global TheologyThe Church's Apostolic Mission13. Toward the Reunion of the ChurchesThe Trauma of the ReformationThe Retreat from EcumenicityEvangelical-Catholic UnityThe Ecumenical Imperative14. A Confessing ChurchThe Meaning of a Confessing ChurchTypes of ConfessionHallmarks of a True ConfessionA Confessing Church versus a Cultural ChurchThe Work of a ConfessionAppendix F: The Voice of OrthodoxyAppendix G: The Meaning of the GospelAppendix 1. The Cambridge DeclarationAppendix 2. The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical CelebrationNotesIndex of NamesIndex of SubjectsIndex of Scripture
In The Church, Donald G. Bloesch explores with clarity and balance the contours of ecclesiology. He forthrightly takes up the most controversial of issues ranging from matters of church authority, the sacraments and worship to the church's place in the plan of salvation, the church and the kingdom of heaven, and church reunion.Evangelical in spirit, ecumenical in breadth and biblical in depth, Bloesch's work presents a theology of the church that calls for reformation and renewal according to the Word and Spirit of God.
Evangelical in spirit, ecumenical in breadth and biblical in depth, Donald G. Bloesch's sixth volume in the Christian Foundations series engages in a critical dialogue with historical and contemporary views of ecclesiology, including church authority, worship, and church reunion.
Donald G. Bloesch (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He has done postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tubingen and Basel and has written numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Christian Foundations Series, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Theological Notebook Volume 3, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer and Freedom for Obedience. He is also a past president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.