John Calvin's Ecclesiology Ecumenical Perspectives

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2013-01-31
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark
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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.

Author Biography

Eduardus Van der Borght holds the Desmond Tutu Chair and is also Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Gerard Mannion is Director of the Centre for Catholic Thought and Culture and Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, USA.

Table of Contents

Contents: Paul Avis: Foreword / 1. Gerard Mannion: Calvin and the Church - Trajectories for Ecumenical Engagement Today - Volume Introduction / 2. Roger Haight S. J: John Calvin and Ignatius Loyola on an Ecclesial Spirituality of Social Engagement / 3. Dennis W. Jowers: In What Sense Does Calvin Affirm, 'Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus'? / 4. Sandra Arenas: The 'Vestigia Ecclesiae' in the Thought of Calvin and its 20th century Reception / 5. Rose Beal: John Calvin and the Three Offices of Christ: A Bridge for Protestant and Catholic Ecclesiology? / 6. Amy Plantinga Pauw: Practical Ecclesiology in John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards / 7. Joshua Ralston: For Calvin Preaching Makes the Church: Recovering a Missing Ecclesial Mark / 8. Alan Sell: Rectifying Calvin's Ecclesiology: the Doctrinal and Ecumenical Importance of Separatist-Congregational catholicity / 9. John Halsey Wood: Making Calvin Modern: Abraham Kuyper's Vision for the Dutch Reformed Church / 10. Stanley Maclean: Regnum Christi: Thomas Torrance's appropriation of Calvin's Ecclesiology / 11. Rodney L. Petersen: The Spirit, the Church and the Decade to Overcome Violence: Trajectories in Reformed and Orthodox Theology / 12. Eduardus Van der Borght: Calvin's Ecclesiology Revisited: Seven Trends in the Research of Calvin's Ecclesiology / Index

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