The Church: A Theological and Historical Account
Evangelical theologian Gerald Bray provides an accessible account of the church through its centuries of persecution and triumph. He considers the four classic marks of the church - its oneness, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity - as they've been understood in...
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Evangelical theologian Gerald Bray provides an accessible account of the church through its centuries of persecution and triumph. He considers the four classic marks of the church - its oneness, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity - as they've been understood in different phases of history.
:Renowned evangelical theologian Gerald Bray provides a clear and coherent account of the church in biblical, historical, and theological perspective. He tells the story of the church in its many manifestations through time, starting with its appearance in the New Testament, moving through centuries of persecution and triumph, and discussing how and why the ancient church broke up at the Reformation. Along the way, Bray looks at the four classic marks of the church--its oneness, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity--and illustrates how each of these marks has been understood by different Christian traditions. The book concludes with a look at the ecumenical climate of today and suggests ways that the four characteristics of the church can and should be manifested in our present global context.
This accessible introduction to the church from an evangelical perspective explores ecclesiology through the lenses of church history and doctrine to reveal what it means for us today. Bray discusses the church as a living reality, offering practical ways churches and individuals can cooperate and live together.
Gerald Bray (D. Litt., University of Paris-Sorbonne) is Research Professor at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama and Director of Research for the Latimer Trust in Cambridge.
He is the author of The Doctrine of God (Contours of Christian Theology series, IVP); Biblical Interpretation: Past and Present (Apollos); Creeds, Councils, and Christ (Christian Focus Publications); Yours is the Kingdom: A systematic theology of the Lord's Prayer and most recently We Believe in One God (Volume 1, Ancient Christian Doctrine, IVP) and Commentaries on Romans and 1-2 Corinthians (Ancient Christian Texts, IVP).
He is also the editor of the Anglican journal Churchman, and has edited three volumes in the Ancient Christian Commentary Series (IVP) and the fist volume on Galatians and Ephesians (Volume 10, Reformation Commentary on Scripture Series, IVPress, 2011) and has most recently written God Is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology (Crossway, 2012).
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- :<b>contents<br></b>1. The Origins Of The Church<br>2. The New Testament Church<br>3. The Persecuted Church<br>4. The Imperial Church<br>5. The Crisis Of The Imperial Church<br>6. What Is The Church?<br>7. What Should The Church Be?<br>appendix: The Ecumenical Councils<br>for Further Reading<br>indexes