Apostolic, ecumenical and radical: these are the ecclesial characteristics highlighted by Gesa E. Thiessen while explaining her vision of the church. The author focuses on the meaning of each of these marks as well as on their intrinsic connections, an approach that leads her to delve deep into the history of the church, and to draw a wide span between the apostolic past and a radical perspective on the present and future ecumenical church. Apostolic and Prophetic studies the concept of apostolicity emerging in patristic theology and examines this concept as it has been developed in select Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Anglican ecumenical documents.
Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen lectures in systematic theology at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, and at Mater Dei Institute, Dublin, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Wales, Lampeter. She has published several books including, among others, Ecumenical Ecclesiology (2009), Theological Aesthetics: A Reader (2004), and Theology and Modern Irish Art (1999).
Acknowledgments Introduction PART I Apostolicity: Past, Present, Future 1. Ad fontes: Apostolicity in the Early Church 2. Apostolicity in Select Ecumenical Documents of the Anglican, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic Churches 3. Looking Ahead: Possibilities and Challenges in Ecclesiology and Ecumenical Dialogue PART II Unity, Diversity, and Ecumenical Praxis 4. Denominations: Churches in (Post)modernity -The Lutheran Church (A Case Study) 5. Ecumenism in Praxis: Critical Observations on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity PART III Towards a Radical Church 6. A Theology of Liberation: Dorothee Soelle 7. A New Left Church? Terry Eagleton Conclusion: Towards an Apostolic, Ecumenical, Radical and Prophetic Church Bibliography Index