Salt, Leaven, & Light: The Community Called Church / Edition 1

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This book traces the history of theology and the Church from its ancient beginnings to its relevance in the world today.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An open and engaging survey of the theology of church in its biblical roots, its historical development, and its setting in today's complex world. Building on the work of leading historians, sociologists, and theologians, Sanks has produced a coherent and lively synthesis. As an overview of the church in its many aspects, both human and divine, this work has few rivals. Veterans as well as beginners will profit from these pages."  —Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J.
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This comprehensive study of Roman Catholic Church history, ecclesial theology, and encounter with contemporary society focuses on future challenges of changing forms of ministry. Sanks discusses inculturation--presenting Christian theology in non-Western thought forms--encounters with non-Christian religions, and American culture in relationship to the Church. He reminds the reader that the Church has always lived with tensions that led to both continuity and change. Salt, leaven, and light are, to Sanks, especially appropriate images for the mission of the Church today. Recommended for large academic and public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824516666
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,115,293
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Context and Method
Ch. 1 The Context of Our Reflections 3
Ch. 2 The Method of Our Reflections 23
Pt. II Recalling Our Story
Ch. 3 From Kingdom of God to City of God: Jesus to Augustine 39
Ch. 4 Christendom: Church and Society in Tensive Unity 65
Ch. 5 Catholic Reform and Reaction 88
Ch. 6 Aggiornamento at Vatican II 117
Pt. III Challenges and Possibilities
Ch. 7 Changing Forms of Ministry 147
Ch. 8 Liberating Ecclesiology 167
Ch. 9 Global Church and Interculturation 188
Ch. 10 The Church in the United States 205
Ch. 11 The Church, the Churches, and the World Religions 220
Conclusion 240
Index 243
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