The Christian Church: Biblical Origin, Historical Transformation, and Potential for the Future

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Fortress Press, 1.4.2007 - 388 sivua
With thoroughness and clarity, Hans Schwarz presents a historical and systematic understanding of the church - its worship and piety, its traditions and doctrines, its forms and structures. This skilled assessment outlines the impact of the church today and analyzes its prospects for the future.
 

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d The phenomenon of free churches
218
The Promise of the Future
227
The Structural Elements of the Church
229
The rediscovery of unity
230
a The church of Vatican II
231
b The churches in ecumenical dialogue
235
1 The whole people of God
239
a Christological character
241

The Structure of the New Testament Church
49
b The charismata and diakonia
53
c Apostles presbyters and bishops
56
2 The worshiping community
61
b The church and its worship
64
3 Unity and diversity
73
One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
81
1 The formation of the canon
82
2 The catholic dogma
86
a Development and function of the creeds
87
b God in Christ Jesus
89
3 The apostolic office
95
b Collegiality and the papal primacy
100
The Great Transformation
109
The Church as Institution and Ferment
111
1 Administration of word and sacrament in the West
112
b Baptism and Eucharist
120
2 The piety of Eastern Christendom
128
b The emphasis on divinization
130
3 Church and state
133
The Christian religion as nuisance and challenge
134
The Christian faith as marvel and attraction
137
b Transformation without surrender
142
Demarcation between church and state in the West
147
Four phases in the continuous struggle between church and state in the West
150
Between Reformation and Revolution
167
a The revolt of piety and humility Peter Waldo and Girolamo Savonarola
169
b The revolt of autonomy and nationality John Wyclif and John Hus
174
2 The Reformation movementA grass roots movement
179
a The rediscovery of the catholic church Martin Luther
181
b Structure versus Spirit Huldreich Zwingli and John Calvin Anabaptists Spiritualists and Enthusiasts
187
3 The Reformationa mixed blessing
201
b The danger of antagonistic entrenchment
205
c The danger of individualism and secularism
214
b Priesthood of all believers
246
c The called leaders
251
The office and its function
255
Character of the call to the office
257
Significance of Ordination
261
2 The pronouncement of law and gospel
263
a Basic unity and opposition between law and gospel
264
b The significance of the law for the Christian
268
c Pronouncement of absolution
271
3 Administration of the sacraments
274
b The efficacy of the sacraments
277
The Church as Memory Anticipation and Hope
293
a The necessity of tradition
294
b Between heresy and truth
297
c The community of saints
300
2 The heart of the present
302
a The conscience of society
303
1 The church in its opposition to society
305
2 The church in its stand above society
307
3 Church and society in tension
309
4 The churchs affirmation of society
314
5 The task of the church to transform society
318
b The haven of the neglected
322
c The anticipation of the heavenly city
325
3 The reminder of the future
329
a The symbol of the future
330
b The whole people of God
332
c And God will dwell in their midst
337
BIBLIOGRAPHY
347
INDEX OF NAMES
367
INDEX OF SUBJECTS
373
INDEX OF BIBLICAL REFERENCES
379
INDEX OF APOSTOLIC FATHERS
383
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