Critical Issues in Ecclesiology: Essays in Honor of Carl E. Braaten


Critical Issues in Ecclesiology: Essays in Honor of Carl E. Braaten



Renowned for his unique slant on ecclesial affiliation -- by his own confession "evangelical without being Protestant, catholic without being Roman, and orthodox without being Eastern" -- Lutheran theologian Carl E. Braaten has long been a respected voice in ecclesiological discourse. In Critical Issues in Ecclesiology the voices of eleven authors from a variety of church traditions come together to honor Braaten in a volume that seeks the renewal of the church, the clarifying of its catholic evangelical witness to the apostolic faith, and the restoration of its "passion for mission" within the Great Tradition.



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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company


Grand Rapids, MI




Table of Contents

Carl / Robert W. Jenson --

The bride of Christ / Robert W. Jenson --

Ecumenism and atonement: A critical issue in ecclesiology / Gabriel Fackre --

"Rome, reformation, and reunion" revisited / Frank C. Senn --

Evangelicals and the present ecumenical moment / Timothy George --

The cross-shaped church: A Pauline amendment to the ecclesiology of koinōnia / Joseph L. Mangina –

Freedom, authority, and the priesthood of all believers / Michael Root --

The ecclesial meaning of the Eucharist / Susan K. Wood --

The local church: A critical point of departure for a world ecclesiology / Alberto L. García --

Lutheran principles for ecclesiology / Cheryl M. Peterson --

The imperative for unity and the question of division / James M. Childs --

More promise than ambiguity: Pneumatological Christology as a model for ecumenical engagement / Leopoldo A. Sánchez M