The Church Faces Death: Ecclesiology in a Post-Modern Context / Edition 1

The Church Faces Death: Ecclesiology in a Post-Modern Context / Edition 1

by Michael Jinkins
     
 

Ecclesiology (the theology of the church) is a neglected topic in contemporary theology. At a time when the institutional churches are experiencing dramatic decline, says Michael Jinkins, we need a new understanding of what the church is. In this work, Jinkins challenges the church to rediscover its vocation, to follow Jesus Christ even at the risk of its

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Ecclesiology (the theology of the church) is a neglected topic in contemporary theology. At a time when the institutional churches are experiencing dramatic decline, says Michael Jinkins, we need a new understanding of what the church is. In this work, Jinkins challenges the church to rediscover its vocation, to follow Jesus Christ even at the risk of its institutional survival. In the face of a variety of perceived threats to its future, he reminds us that the church is most alive and attractive when it forgets about itself and its safety. The ecclesiology Jinkins puts forward is born from a sense of "life in Christ" that can, he argues, face institutional death to recover a remarkable freedom. Without detailing the face of the future church, he asserts his faith that there is indeed life after death for the church as the worshipping body of Christ.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195128406
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction3
1The Church Faces Death: Ecclesiology in Search of Identity and Responsibility8
2De-scribing Church: Ecclesiology in Semiotic Dialogue33
3Taxonomies: Paradox, Plurality, and the Enduring Genius of Church50
4Speaking of Church: What Does It Mean When We Use the Word "Church"?69
5Confessions: A Preface to Ecclesiology85
Epilogue102
Notes105
Select Bibliography127
Index137

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