Ecclesiastical Authority and Spiritual Power
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About "Ecclesiastical Authority and Spiritual Power"
The issue of authority in the church" what constitutes authority, and who has it" has been one of the foremost issues throughout church history, including the modern church.^The practice of the early church and the writings of the New Testament are of primary importance for understanding the problem of authority. We can enhance our understanding further by taking into consideration the sociological phenomena surrounding any emergent social group that traverses a path from charismatic leadership to formal governing structures.^Von Campenhausen s masterful blending of historical assessment with sociological analysis makes this work a fundamental resource for the study of the development of the early church and the writings of the New Testament.^"This is a fine book which demonstrates the author's deep learning and his grasp of the whole complex history of the Church in the first three centuries. . . . Within the limits he has set for himself, however, the author has written a work
Meet the Author
Campenhausen Hans Von
Hans von Campenhausen, former Chair of Ecclesiastical History at Heidelberg, is an honorary fellow of the British Academy and is the author of numerous articles and books, including "The Formation of the Christian Bible, The Fathers of the Greek Church, "and "The Fathers of the Latin Church" A