To describe the Church as "united" is a factual misnomer--even at its conception centuries ago. Ephraim Radner provides a robust rethinking of the doctrine of the church in light of Christianity's often violent and at times morally suspect history. He holds in tension the strange and transcendent oneness of God with the necessarily temporal and political function of the Church, and, in so doing, shows how the goals and failures of the liberal democratic state provide revelatory experiences that greatly enhance one's understanding of the nature of Christian unity.
Ephraim Radner is Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. He is the author or editor of seven books, including The Fate of Communion: The Agony of Anglicanism and the Future of a Global Church and Hope Among the Fragments: The Broken Church and Its Engagement of Scripture. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Introduction 1. Religious Violence and Christian Blasphemy Postscript: The Tears of Peter 2. Division Is Murder Postscript: Judas the Apostle 3. The Sins of the Church Postscript: Loving Jerusalem 4. The Conciliar Ideal Postscript: The Way Together 5. The Limits of Consensus Postscript: The First Council 6. The Procedural Quest for Unity and Its Obstacles Postscript: The Prophetic Contest 7. Conscience and Its Limits Postscript: The Crucifixion of Conscience 8. Multiple Consciences and the Rise of Solidarity Postscript: A Figural Phenomenology of the Church 9. The Unity of Sacrifice Conclusion