John Calvin's Ecclesiology: Ecumenical Perspectives - Ecclesiological Investigations (Paperback)
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John Calvin's Ecclesiology: Ecumenical Perspectives - Ecclesiological Investigations (Paperback)

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Paperback 254 Pages / Published: 06/12/2012
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Many events were staged and a plethora of new books appeared to mark the quincentenary of the birth of John Calvin, in 2009. But one area received considerably less attention in that anniversary year - namely, Calvin's ecclesiology. This study explores the development and fundamental legacy of Calvin's perspectives on and relationship with the church. Contributions are included which explore the later development and 'denominational variations' of Calvin's ecclesiology, along with ecumenical discussions/responses to and implications of Calvin's understanding of the church. There are further chapters which focus on particular aspects such as Calvin's ecclesiological method, understanding of ministry, the 'sacramental' principle, the 'invisible church' etc. Contributions on the use of Calvin's ecclesiology by later and modern/contemporary ecclesiologists also feature. This is a volume that brings together leading and emerging theological voices from Europe, North America and Latino America and from across the different theological sub-disciplines. Significantly, the book has a decidedly ecumenical perspective, with writers from several different denominational traditions contributing.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567124524
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm


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This is an excellent book, offering a varied and original range of perspectives on the historical and contemporary interpretation of Calvin's ecclesiology. The book gives an exemplary introduction to some of the ways in which Calvin's ecclesiological ideas have been and might be appropriated and applied. The volume suggests that Calvin offers a theologically profound, Catholic, pastorally concerned and ecumenical ecclesiology. As a reformer, Calvin was concerned with the renewal of the face of the church as a whole, not with the founding of a new tradition. In this sense, his work is part of the inheritance of the all denominations; it is a rich resource for thinking about the Christian life, church-state relationships, ecumenical dialogue, church order, worship and many other of the issues that have been perennial challenges to the churches. It is to be hoped that this book will help Christians of all traditions to an appreciation of Calvin as a fellow pilgrim and a perceptive teacher who has much to say that is of continuing relevance. -- Rev Adam Hood, The Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, UK
Much of John Calvin's life and work was dedicated to the upbuilding and unity of the Christian church in Geneva and elsewhere across Europe. Deriving from the quincentenary celebrations in 2009, these essays now provide us with a rich series of reflections on his ecclesiology. They offer a valuable point of reference for further work in this field. -- David Fergusson, Professor of Divinity and Principal of New College, University of Edinburgh

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