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An Introduction to Ecclesiology: Ecumenical, Historical & Global Perspectives Paperback – November 2, Veli-Matti Käkkäinen is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Veli-Matti Karkkainen, is a Finish theologian that.
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African Independent Churches are local and autonomous. There is a strong emphasis on communal living as well as the Holy Spirit who is savior, healer, protector, bringer of justice, liberation and inspires caring for the earth. The Shepherding Movement was founded many including Bob Mumford. With a heart for discipleship in all of life, it became spiritually abusive. The World Church advocated by Vincent Donavan is a church for all people and all creation.

An Introduction to Ecclesiology: Ecumenical, Historical Global Perspectives

Sacraments relate more to the world than inner-church. I appreciated getting a wide-angle view of ecclesiology. I was familiar with the basic traditions and all of the contemporary ecclesiologists, aside from Zizioulas. I was familiar with the contextual ecclesiologies, aside from the non-church movement. I found the material helpful in thinking through the various issues that every church needs to consider and address.

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Some of those include the marks of the church, the essence of the church, the metaphors of the church and the functions of the church. Churches need to consider their view on sacraments, structure, leadership, ecumenicalism, the priesthood of all believers and how the Trinity informs our ecclesiology. I appreciated reviewing ecclesiology through the traditions, current ecclesiologists as well as the contextual ecclesiologies.

I had already given a lot of thought to marks of a church, primary metaphors and functions of a church. I have also given much thought lately to leadership, structure and how the Trinity ought to inform our ecclesiology. Besides wetting my appetite for more reading in ecclesiology, this book caused me to want to clarify my thoughts on the sacraments and how the Holy Spirit informs structure.

This book will inform my current writing on Re-Sketching the Church and help me to consider what the church might look like in the future in light of her past. Nov 10, wes Goertzen rated it really liked it Shelves: He practices ecumenism through the way he presents the traditions: He uses Hans Kung as the Roman representative though Kung is on the fringes of Vatican orthodoxy, etc. So if you want to be critical in the well, negative sense of teh word, look elsewhere for dirt and inconsistencies, and all in the traditions.

But if you want to get an idea of how each tradition could be characterized in meaningful conversation, this is a good book. Jan 10, Jonathan Boerger rated it really liked it.

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Great survey of various ecclesial perspectives. Aug 16, Matthew Hansen rated it really liked it. Karkkainen's task is to present a "comparative ecclesiology" Unlike many other comparative ecclesiologies which only give platform to differences and similarities of "ecclesiologies of different denominations" and "representative theologians"; Karkkainen widens the scope to give equal platform to modern contextual ecclesiologies as well This is the format used to structure his book. In the first section of the book, Karkkaien gives us an arial view of the more historical and dominan Karkkainen's task is to present a "comparative ecclesiology" In the first section of the book, Karkkaien gives us an arial view of the more historical and dominant traditional ecclesiologies.

Karkkaien dedicates this section to predominantly unbiased comparisons and summaries of seven different eccleisologies. In the second section of the book, Karkkaien seems to narrows the scope of his ecclesiologial task of section one by introducing us to seven leading modern theologians.

In this section the theologians chosen are classified into two different groups: It is in the third and final section, Karkkaien, travels off the road most traveled by introducing and explaining, in broad strokes, context specific ecclesiologies. Due to the purpose of the book, Karkkaien does not have the space nor is it his goal to delve into all the variations and nuances of the contextual ecclesiologies he discusses. Karkkaien brings his book to completion by suggesting that ecclesiology will, from its marginal location, begin to "occupy theologians' agenda.

This reality demands that ecclesiology takes its rightful place at the center of our theologizing so we may shape a "community with purpose and hope for the future" I stated in the first paragraph that Karkkaien's main task was to present a "comparative ecclesiology". This task carries with it a sub-task around the idea of unity. Karkaien states that, "what one believes about the church and its ecclesiality carries over into one's approach to the challenge of unity.

We cannot begin to construct a proper ecclesiology that results in a church that achieves true unity, if we do not bring to the forefront of our discussion the very gifts given to the church which, according to Ephesians 4: I would argue that any discussion on ecclesiologies purposed on bringing about unity is incomplete if we do not add to our discussion the voice of scripture. I very much enjoyed Karkkaien's writings and learned a lot. This work would be highly beneficial to anyone interested in the study of church.

However this work should of had one final section, a section giving voice to scripture. Nov 16, Marc Sims rated it it was ok. This book was an okay overview of a very wide view of ecclesiologies.


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The writing, however, was abysmal. Reading through the book was like trying to eat through a bowl of soggy drywall, just to get to a couple cheerios at the bottom. Theologians who have something to say, need to first take some writing lessons to learn how to say it in a clear way.

I did appreciate the last two-thirds of the book as an okay introduction to differing view of the church, and found some of the insights informati This book was an okay overview of a very wide view of ecclesiologies. I did appreciate the last two-thirds of the book as an okay introduction to differing view of the church, and found some of the insights informative and refreshing.

However, while this is meant to be an unbiased survey, one can eventually notice some of the author's views on the "types" of church structures that he includes as legitimate representations of the Body of Christ i. An Introduction to Ecclesiology: He brings to his writing his vast ecumenical and extensive missionary experiences of worldwide Christianity. Building on his dissertation research on the Pentecostal-Roman Catholic dialogues-two volumes: Spiritus Ubi Vult Spirat: In the last year, two books have appeared: A Global Introduction both from Baker Academic.

Within the next year, a volume on the doctrine of God in global perspective will be available also Baker Academic , as well as two other books on religious pluralism InterVarsity Press and the doctrine of the Trinity in relationship to theology of religions Ashgate. This background provides a window into the format and objectives of the volume under review. Thinking theologically as a Pentecostal today requires just this kind of global vision in order that justice can even begin to be done to the topics under consideration.