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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 therefore attracts a large span among the apostolic prior (tradition) and a thorough standpoint at the current and destiny ecumenical church.
The ebook 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 referring to ecumenical approach and church ministry are frankly mentioned, together with severe observations on ecumenical praxis. the fashionable idea of church buildings as denominations is tested intimately, in particular within the Lutheran context. the writer additionally bargains a serious evaluate of a huge ecumenical occasion, the yearly Week of Prayer for Christian cohesion. The thought of an intensive church--aware of its roots and prophetically dedicated to religion within the country of God looking freedom and justice--is explored via an in depth research and dialogue of the paintings of Dorothee Sölle and Terry Eagleton, seminal thinkers of our time.

"Gesa Thiessen discusses a large variety of present ecumenical matters in a fashion that's either theoretically lucid and virtually useful. Her event 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 style. not just educational theologians, but additionally ecumenically minded laypeople will make the most of Thiessen's honest and participatory approach of attractive difficult topics."
-Risto Saarinen
University of Helsinki

"This booklet will problem, tell, and enjoyment all who're keen about the church at the present time. From the most devoted and inventive Lutheran ecumenists round, it delves deeply into the heritage of the church to attract forth empowering and encouraging ecclesial views for this present day and the next day to come alike. trying to retrieve an knowing of what lies on the precise middle of apostolicity and the actually radical nature of the Gospel itself, exploring and explicating the character and reality of ecumenical discussion, and delivering 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 can be required interpreting for these excited about discussion at the present time and should increase any path that bargains with ecumenism and modern ecclesiology. Gesa Thiessen has played an incredible provider to the theological group in bringing this paintings into being. It 'sends forth' a message of really excellent news in regards to the country 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 dept of Theology and spiritual reports of the collage of Wales, Lampeter. She has released a number of books together with, between others, Ecumenical Ecclesiology (2009), Theological Aesthetics: A Reader (2004), and Theology and smooth Irish artwork (1999).

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