Unity Of The Church In The New Testament And Today

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During the mid-twentieth century, as the ecumenical movement reached its zenith in the formation of the World Council of Churches and the Second Vatican Council, interdenominational dialogue led to a deepening of spiritual life for many Christians. Now, however, the once-celebrated movement has stagnated. Each church body has again retreated into the shell of its own tradition and identity, with little cooperation between them.

Author Biography

Lukas Vischer (1926-2008) was a Swiss Reformed theologian noted for his ecumenical efforts worldwide. Ulrich Luz is professor of New Testament studies at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Christian Link is professor of systematic theology at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. ix
Translator's Prefacep. xi
In Memory of Lukas Vischerp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Difficulties in Looking to the New Testament for Guidancep. 7
Scripture and Traditionp. 8
Scripture: Witness of an Active Historyp. 12
Unity Todayp. 15
Concepts of Unityp. 18
On the Way to Unity: The Community of the Church in the New Testamentp. 29
Introductionp. 29
Jesus: The Origin of the Community of the Churchp. 34
The Apostolic Agep. 43
The Beginnings of the Church after Easterp. 43
Tensions and Divergencesp. 44
Unity-promoting Forcesp. 47
The Beginnings of Ecclesiologyp. 54
The First Basic Conflict: The Church's Unity with Israelp. 57
The Apostolic Councilp. 58
James and the Church's Unity with Israelp. 61
Paul and the Church's Unity with Israelp. 64
The Antioch Conflictp. 66
The Conflict between Strong and Weak in Romep. 68
Paul and His Opponentsp. 69
The Collectionp. 71
Paul's Last Journey to Jerusalemp. 73
Church vis--vis Israel and for Israelp. 74
The Church as the Reality of Christ in Paul's Thoughtp. 76
The Basic Gift of Unity: Christp. 76
The Whole Church and the Local Churchp. 79
Christ's Effectiveness in the Whole Churchp. 81
Christ's Effectiveness in the Local Churchp. 84
The Parties in Corinth (1 Corinthians 1-4)p. 85
Meat Sacrificed to Idols (1 Corinthians 8-10)p. 86
Divided Lord's Supper? (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)p. 87
Tensions in Worship (1 Corinthians 12-14)p. 88
Conclusionp. 89
The Post-Apostolic Agep. 91
Developments in the Church after the Death of the Apostlesp. 91
Tensions and Divergencesp. 91
Unity-promoting Forces: Overviewp. 95
Christianity as an Independent Religionp. 96
Tradition as a Unity-promoting Factorp. 100
The Apostles as Primary Figures of Unityp. 106
Jamesp. 107
Peterp. 108
Paulp. 113
Ministerial Offices as a Unity-promoting Forcep. 118
The First Ecclesiological Concepts of Church Unityp. 126
The Epistle to the Ephesiansp. 127
The Apocalypse of Johnp. 129
The Gospel of Luke and Actsp. 132
The Gospel of Johnp. 136
The Second Basic Conflict: Church Fellowship in the Controversy with Christian Gnosticismp. 142
Introductionp. 142
The Gnosticizing Opponents as Seen by Church-Christiansp. 147
The Church-Christians as Seen by Their Christian-Gnostic Opponentsp. 153
Final Observationsp. 159
The Unity Movement: Church Fellowship in the Oecumenep. 163
On the Way to Unityp. 163
Unity as Processp. 164
Which Fellowship Do We Mean?p. 170
Dealing with Church Schisms: Basic Conflictsp. 173
The Church's Unity with Israelp. 179
With Which Israel Is the Church Dealing?p. 179
Christian Identity in the Mirror of the Jewish-Christian Dialoguep. 184
Israel and the Oecumenep. 189
Flash Points of Unityp. 193
Scripturep. 195
Scripture and Traditionp. 196
The Authority of Scripturep. 199
The Differencesp. 202
Confessionp. 204
Church Confessionsp. 205
Contextual Confessingp. 207
Lord's Supperp. 209
The Fellowship Mealp. 212
The Lord's Supper as Ritep. 214
Lord's Supper and Ministryp. 217
The Social Location of the Lord's Supperp. 220
Ministerial Officep. 222
The Problemp. 223
Foundations of Church Lawp. 226
Institution and Ministryp. 230
Conciliar Fellowshipp. 235
The Councilp. 237
Characteristics of Conciliarityp. 239
Worshipp. 240
Conflict Orientationp. 241
The Search for Truthp. 243
Church Unity and Missionsp. 245
Index of Subjects and Namesp. 249
Index of Selected New Testament and Other Ancient Textsp. 252
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