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The church; a guide for the perplexed.


The church; a guide for the perplexed.

Jenson, Matt and David E. Wilhite.

T&T Clark


251 pages




Jenson (theology, Biola U.) and Wilhite (theology, Baylor U.) introduce readers to the doctrine of the Christian church by walking them through the logic of ecclesiology. They aim to teach and model thinking theologically about the church and integrate history with theology throughout. They address the models and metaphors used to define the church; where the church is located in regard to the classical marks attributed to it (one, holy, catholic, and apostolic); ecclesial mediation and the means of grace appointed as avenues along with the triune God gives himself to the church; and mission in relation to the mission of God to establish his kingdom on earth. They examine ascension, Pentecost, and parousia, and present discussion in each chapter on issues such as the move from Jesus to the church, schism and the rise of denominations, sacramental mediation, the question of other religions, and contemporary ecumenical questions.

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Date:Jun 1, 2011
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