The Business of All Believers

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Seabury Books
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Over the course of his life Richard A. Norris, one of Anglicanism's best-known teachers and theologians, was equally at home in the worlds of church and academia. As a scholar and trusted advisor to the church, he gave much thought to the character of the church and its leaders-bishops, priests, deacons, and laity. These elegant and thoroughly accessible essays are based on the New Testament and theologians of the early church, a tradition in which he excelled. They are intended for many different groups of readers, from clergy and lay leaders, to divinity students and the people in the pew.

Author Biography

When Richard A. Norris died in April 2005, the church lost an excellent theologian, a fine preacher, and a superb teacher. He taught at Philadelphia Divinity School, The General Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary, and served on the staff of St. Ignatius Church in Manhattan. As a scholar Norris produced many books and articles, including Understanding the Faith of the Church, The Christological Controversy, and The Song of Songs: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators. A member of the North American Patristic Society, the American Society of Church History, and the American Theological Society, he contributed countless papers and numerous presentations about baptismal ministry and the roles of bishops, priests, deacons, and laity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Editors' Forewordp. ix
Fixing the World Up for Godp. 1
Servants in a World of Powerp. 18
The Business of All Believersp. 34
Politician, CEO, or Apostle: What Are Bishops For?p. 48
The Tasks of Priesthoodp. 62
Where Has Authority Gone?p. 81
What Is Tradition?p. 98
What Does "Ministry" Mean?p. 105
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