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The Church as the Image of the Trinity: A Critical Evaluation of Miroslav Volf's Ecclesial Model
     

The Church as the Image of the Trinity: A Critical Evaluation of Miroslav Volf's Ecclesial Model

by Kevin J. Bidwell, Robert Letham (Foreword by)
 

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A resurgence of Trinitarian interest gained momentum in the twentieth century and it is showing little sign of abating in the twenty-first century. This research endeavors to critically evaluate Miroslav Volf's ecclesial model for "the church as the image of the Trinity," one which he presents with the English title, After Our Likeness. Volf proposes a social

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A resurgence of Trinitarian interest gained momentum in the twentieth century and it is showing little sign of abating in the twenty-first century. This research endeavors to critically evaluate Miroslav Volf's ecclesial model for "the church as the image of the Trinity," one which he presents with the English title, After Our Likeness. Volf proposes a social doctrine of the Trinity, one that is heavily influenced by the theological writings of Jürgen Moltmann, and he puts forward that this non-hierarchical Trinity should be reflected in the structures and theology of the church. If Volf is correct, then a radical reshaping is needed for the church to conform to an egalitarian pattern, one that is "after the likeness" (Gen 1:26) of an egalitarian God.

In this critical examination, Kevin J. Bidwell begins by stating the theological influences that are pertinent to Volt's thesis in After Our Likeness and the assumptions that undergird and inform his whole theological paradigm. An important theological excursus is offered to assess the theology of John Smyth, the first English Baptist, who is Volt's representative figure for the location of his own ecclesiology, the Free Church. A critical analysis follows of Volt's engagement with his two chosen dialogue partners who represent both Western and Eastern theological traditions: Joseph Ratzinger and John D. Zizioulas.

Volf presents five theses for "the church as the image of the Trinity," which could be labeled as Volt's Free Church in the image of Volt's revised doctrine of the Trinity. This monograph offers extensive insight into the contemporary debate on the doctrine of the Trinity, but it also assesses many aspects of ecclesiology from both Eastern and Western perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610973731
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Series:
WEST Theological Monograph Series
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Kevin J. Bidwell is the minister of Sheffield Presbyterian Church (a church plant with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales). He has completed doctoral research with the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David.

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