By Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen

Apostolic and Prophetic promotes a imaginative and prescient of the church as apostolic, ecumenical, and radical. It explores the which means of every of those ecclesial marks and their intrinsic connections. the amount hence attracts a large span among the apostolic earlier (tradition) and an intensive standpoint at the current and destiny ecumenical church.
The booklet considers the concept that of apostolicity rising in patristic theology, and it examines this idea because it has been constructed in a few opt for Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Anglican ecumenical records. Unresolved ecumenical questions touching on ecumenical technique and church ministry are frankly mentioned, together with serious observations on ecumenical praxis. the fashionable thought of church buildings as denominations is tested intimately, specifically within the Lutheran context. the writer additionally deals a serious review of an incredible ecumenical occasion, the yearly Week of Prayer for Christian cohesion. The thought of a thorough church--aware of its roots and prophetically dedicated to religion within the nation of God looking freedom and justice--is explored via an intensive research and dialogue of the paintings of Dorothee Sölle and Terry Eagleton, seminal thinkers of our time.

"Gesa Thiessen discusses a wide diversity of present ecumenical concerns in a fashion that's either theoretically lucid and essentially worthwhile. Her adventure as bridge-builder among Lutherans and Roman Catholics in addition to among German and English-speaking theological traditions permits her to grapple with many modern difficulties in an inventive and forward-looking model. not just educational theologians, but in addition ecumenically minded laypeople will take advantage of Thiessen's honest and participatory manner of attractive hard topics."
-Risto Saarinen
University of Helsinki

"This ebook will problem, tell, and enjoyment all who're keen about the church this present day. From essentially the most dedicated and inventive Lutheran ecumenists round, it delves deeply into the background of the church to attract forth empowering and encouraging ecclesial views for at the present time and the next day alike. looking to retrieve an knowing of what lies on the real center of apostolicity and the actually radical nature of the Gospel itself, exploring and explicating the character and reality of ecumenical discussion, and providing a imaginative and prescient for the church that resonates loudly with the excellent news that used to be proclaimed in first-century Palestine, this paintings could be required analyzing for these serious about discussion this day and should improve any path that offers with ecumenism and modern ecclesiology. Gesa Thiessen has played an incredible provider to the theological neighborhood in bringing this paintings into being. It 'sends forth' a message of really excellent news in regards to the nation of God to an international so short of such--apostolic and prophetic indeed."
-Gerard Mannion
University of San Diego

Gesa Thiessen lectures in systematic theology at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, and Mater Dei Institute, Dublin, and is an Honorary Fellow of the dep. of Theology and spiritual reviews of the collage of Wales, Lampeter. She has released numerous books together with, between others, Ecumenical Ecclesiology (2009), Theological Aesthetics: A Reader (2004), and Theology and glossy Irish paintings (1999).

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