This Reader presents a diverse and ecumenical cross-section of ecclesiological statements from across the twenty centuries of the church's existence. It builds on the foundations of early Christian writings, illustrates significant medieval, reformation, and modern developments, and provides a representative look at the robust attention to ecclesiology that characterizes the contemporary period. This collection of readings offers an impressive overview of the multiple ways Christians have understood the church to be both the 'body of Christ' and, at the same time, an imperfect, social and historical institution, constantly subject to change, and reflective of the cultures in which it is found. This comprehensive survey of historical ecclesiologies is helpful in pointing readers to the remarkable number of images and metaphors that Christians have relied upon in describing the church and to the various tensions that have characterized reflection on the church as both united and diverse, community and institution, visible and invisible, triumphant and militant, global and local, one and many. Students, clergy and all interested in Christianity and the church will find this collection an invaluable resource.
'This Reader is a valuable resource for all who are engaged in theological reflection on the contemporary Church. Bryan Stone has made a strategic intervention in Practical Theology by turning to the tradition as a means to inform practice in the present day. The Reader gathers together key resources and insights that will help to both contextualise and decontextualise assumptions and habitualized patterns of thinking that shape present day conversations around the future shape of the Church.' Peter Ward, King's College London, UK 'Any serious study of theology takes some reading of original sources. When it comes to ecclesiology, those sources, however, are scattered all over and not always easily accessible. This wonderful reader comes at an opportune time. Here finally is a comprehensive, almost encyclopedic, yet highly useful and user-friendly resource. Highly recommended.' Veli-Matti KÃ¤rkkÃ¤inen, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA and University of Helsinki, Finland ’…there is much of use here, and the book will be useful to many…’ Regent’s Reviews ’Ashgate’s recent reader makes an appreciated contribution to this often neglected discipline.’ Modern Believing
Contents: Introduction; Part 1 The Early Church: The New Testament; Clement of Rome (d.101); Ignatius of Antioch (c.35-110); The Didache (c.110); 'Father, we thank you' (based on the Didache, c.110); Epistle to Diognetus (c. 150-225); Justin Martyr (c. 110-165); Shepherd of Hermas (c.140); Irenaeus of Lyons (c.140-202); Clement of Alexandria (c.150-215); Tertullian of Carthage (c.160-220); Hippolytus (c.170-236); Didascalia Apostolorum (c.200-250); Cyprian of Carthage (c.200-58); Origen of Alexandria (c.185-254); Cyril of Jerusalem (c.315-386); The Apostolic Constitutions (c.375); Petilian of Citra (born c.365); Augustine of Hippo (354-430); Pope Gelasius (d.496). Part 2 The Middle Ages and Reformation: Urbs beata Jerusalem (8th century); Gregory VII (c.1020-1085); Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153); Isaac of Stella (c.1100-1169); Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179); Innocent III (1160-1216); Fourth Lateran Council (1215); Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274); Unam Sanctam (1302); Marsilius of Padua (1324); William of Ockham (1285-1347); John Wyclif (1328-1384); Jan Hus (1369-1415); Council of Constance (1414-1418); Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464); Execrabilis (1460); Martin Luther (1483-1546); The Schleitheim Confession (1527); The Augsberg Confession (1530); Huldrych Zwingli (1484-1531); John Calvin (1509-1564); Heinrich Bullinger (1504-1575); Menno Simons (1496-1561); John Knox (1510-1572); Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621); Richard Hooker (1554-1600); The second Helvetic Confession (1566). Part 3 The Modern Period: John Smyth (c.1570-1612); The Westminster Confession of Faith (1643); John Owen (1616-1683); Charles Wesley (1707-1788); John Fawcett (1740-1817); John Wesley (1703-1791); John Newton (1725-1807); Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834); F.D. Maurice (1805-1872); 'The Church's one foundation' (1866). Part 4 The 20th Century: Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918); Kanzo Uchimura (1861-1930); Ernst Troe
The field of ecclesiology has grown remarkably in the last decade, and most especially in relation to the study of the contemporary church. Recently, theological attention has turned once more to the nature of the church, its practices and proclivities, and to interpretative readings and understandings of its role, function and ethos in contemporary society.
This series draws from a range of disciplines and established scholars to further the study of contemporary ecclesiology and publish an important cluster of landmark titles in this field. The series editors represent a range of Christian traditions and disciplines, and this reflects the breadth and depth of books developing in the Series. This series presents a clear focus on the contemporary situation of churches worldwide, offering an invaluable resource for students, researchers, ministers and other interested readers around the world working or interested in the diverse areas of contemporary ecclesiology and the important changing shape of the church worldwide.