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Gathered under Apostles: A Study of the Catholic Apostolic Church

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This book presents the history and theology of a remarkable body of Christians, formed as a result of the revival of interest in the prophetic Scriptures stimulated by the events of the French Revolution. Here we have an example of a charismatic renewal within the mainstream Churches, which was rejected by them, and which hence led to a worldwide body, governed by "restored apostles," and with its own structure, liturgy, doctrine, and hierarchy of ministers. It was a movement directed towards the reunion of the ...
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Overview


This book presents the history and theology of a remarkable body of Christians, formed as a result of the revival of interest in the prophetic Scriptures stimulated by the events of the French Revolution. Here we have an example of a charismatic renewal within the mainstream Churches, which was rejected by them, and which hence led to a worldwide body, governed by "restored apostles," and with its own structure, liturgy, doctrine, and hierarchy of ministers. It was a movement directed towards the reunion of the Churches, uncompromising in its adherence to Scripture, its typological interpretation of the Old Testament, and in its longing for the Parousia. It sought to bring together all that was best in the various Christian traditions. Eastern as well as Western, in preparation for the return of the Church's Bridegroom in glory. The strong ecumenical purpose of this body; its approach to the reunification of Churches and clergy; the breadth and beauty of its liturgy; its resolution of internal tensions between the charismatic and established hierarchical ministries; and its emphasis on eschatology: all these are of particular relevance to Christians today.
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"Flegg should be commended for his thoughtful, well-documented book. It is worthwhile reading for those who are interested in ecumenism, liturgical practices, charismatic phenomena, and especially eschatology."--Church History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198263357
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1985
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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formerly of Cambridge University
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Table of Contents

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Abbreviations
I Introduction
1 The Background, Purpose, and Limitations of this Book 1
2 Catholic Apostolic Primary Sources 10
3 Problems of Catholic Apostolic Sources 24
4 Sources Used by Catholic Apostolic Writers 28
5 The Structure of this Book 31
II A Short History of the Catholic Apostolic Church
1 Prelude to a Church 33
2 The Birth and Development of the Catholic Apostolic Church 68
3 The Catholic Apostolic Church after a Visible Apostolate 91
4 The Church without an Ordained Ministry 94
III Ecclesiology
1 The Nature of the Church 97
2 The Fourfold 'Order' of Ministry 119
3 The Fourfold 'Character' of Ministry 152
4 The Maintenance of the Ministry: Tithes 179
5 Sects and Societies 186
6 Survey and Comment 195
IV Liturgy
1 The Nature of Liturgical Worship 215
2 The Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer 226
3 The Catholic Apostolic Eucharist 233
4 The Eucharist as Sacrifice 243
5 The Doctrine of the Real Presence 252
6 Symbols Used in Liturgical Worship 261
7 Survey and Comment 271
V Eschatology
1 Preliminary General Remarks 292
2 The Immediate Background I: Faber and Frere 298
3 The Immediate Background II: Lacunza and Irving 304
4 The Immediate Background III: The Albury Conferences and The Morning Watch 331
5 Catholic Apostolic Eschatology I: The Great Testimony 342
6 Catholic Apostolic Eschatology II: Other Apostolic Writings 352
7 Catholic Apostolic Eschatology III: Liturgical Worship 402
8 Survey and Comment 423
VI Conclusion
1 The Catholic Apostolic Church in its Historical, Social, and Religious Context 442
2 The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Catholic Apostolic Church 455
3 The Catholic Apostolic Body: Church or Sect? 459
4 Ethos and Tradition: Eastern or Western? 465
5 The Significance of the Catholic Apostolic Witness Today 471
Appendix I: The Liturgy and Other Divine Offices of the Church: Contents 477
Appendix II: H. Drummond: Dialogues on Prophecy: Contents 481
Classified Bibliography 483
Index 511
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