The House Where God Lives: Renewing the Doctrine of the Church for Today

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-15
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co

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In a culture dominated by the individualistic values of political and social liberalism, Gary Badcock says that we seldom hear of the church as the creature of the Word of God. The church has been entrusted to us by God and belongs to the structure of the Christian faith itself. Ecclesiology is first of all theology because it is primarily about the presence of God, Badcock maintains, and is thus biblical and creedal (one, holy, catholic, and apostolic) something that we believe which is what undergirds its empirical, sociological, and even pastoral function. Rather than a hollow shell where humans dream moral dreams and do good deeds, the church is the house where God lives.

Author Biography

Gary D. Badcock is Peache Professor of Divinity at Huron University College, London, Ontario. His other books include Light of Truth and Fire of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit and The Way of Life: A Theology of Christian Vocation.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Theology and Ecclesiologyp. 1
The God of the Churchp. 27
The Body of Christp. 66
Temple of the Holy Spiritp. 109
Communionp. 153
Wordp. 210
Sacramentp. 259
Theology and the Renewal of the Churchp. 291
Bibliographyp. 338
Index of Names and Subjectsp. 356
Index of Scripture Referencesp. 363
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