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The End of the Church

Paperback|Jun 1998
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In this first serious assessment of the meaning of church division, Ephraim Radner provides a theological rationale for today’s divided church in the Christian West that goes far beyond the standard socio-historical explanation of denominationalism. Through an examination of...


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In this first serious assessment of the meaning of church division, Ephraim Radner provides a theological rationale for today’s divided church in the Christian West that goes far beyond the standard socio-historical explanation of denominationalism.

Through an examination of controversial, post-Reformation discussions about the church, Radner offers a significant theory that describes the relation between Christian division and the work of the Holy Spirit within Western modernity.

The book is organized around five areas of “difference” among post-Reformation Protestants and Catholics: authority in the church, the debate over saints and miracles, the ordained ministry, the Eucharist, and the practice of repentance. Through a process of exegesis, historical analysis, and figural mediation of the theological concerns surrounding these topics, Radner sets out an “ecclesiology of division” that, in challenging several key assumptions of contemporary confessional and ecumenical practice, will help lead to a faithful Christian response to the reality of church division.

Radner's description of the church is based on the traditional notion that a divided church is, in a significant sense, a "dead" church, after the figure of the pneumatically abandoned "dead Christ," who himself suffers redemptively the disintegration and restoration of divided Israel in his physical and spiritual passion.
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In this first serious assessment of the meaning of church division, Ephraim Radner provides a theological rationale for today's divided church in the Christian West that goes far beyond the standard socio-historical explanations of denominationalism. Through an examination of controversial, post-Reformation discussions about the church, Radner offers a significant theory that describes the relation between Christian division and the work of the Holy Spirit within Western modernity. Radner's description of the church is based on the traditional notion that a divided church is, in a significant sense, a "dead" church, after the figure of the pneumatically abandoned "dead Christ," who himself suffers redemptively the disintegration and restoration of divided Israel in his physical and spiritual passion. The hermeneutical basis for the usefulness of this figure lies deep in the scriptural practice of the undivided church, and was common up through the Reformation.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 124032
  • Product Code 0802844618
  • EAN 9780802844613
  • Pages 368
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Church Life/issues
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Jun 1998
  • Sales Rank 33524
  • Dimensions 235 x 160 x 20mm
  • Weight 0.540kg

Ephraim Radner

Ephraim Radner (PhD., Yale University) is professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, an Episcopal priest he was formerly rector of Church of the Ascension, Pueblo, Colorado. and is the author of The End of the Church: a pneumatology of Christian division in the West (Eerdmans), The Fate of Communion:The Agony of Anglicanism and the Future of a Global Church(Eerdmans), Hope among the Fragments: The Broken Church and Its Engagement of Scripture (Brazos), and Leviticus (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible).