The Contemporary Church and the Early Church: Case Studies by Paul Hartog

By Paul Hartog

As "evangelicals" face destiny demanding situations, many are turning again to the traditional church for thought. yet those ancient-future methods stay different and infrequently even at odds with each other. This quantity demonstrates and analyzes the complexity of such modern church-early church engagements. Six students proportion various insights from the Patristic interval, together with classes on evangelism and discipleship, neighborhood formation and upkeep, use of the "rule of faith," the preaching of social ethics, responses to cultural competition, and Christological improvement. the quantity closes with serious responses, from confessional Lutheran and Baptist views. those accrued essays will remind modern readers of the significance of a reflective and in charge ressourcement of Patristic wisdom.

"When I graduated in 1982 with a doctoral measure in patristics, I quickly came across that the majority of my fellow Baptists appeared my reports with profound suspicion. all of it appeared so "Roman" to them! As this ebook powerfully demonstrates, in spite of the fact that, we're in the middle of a renaissance of evangelical curiosity within the historic Church. and prefer such a lot of others prior to us-including evangelical stalwarts like Calvin and Cranmer, Gill and Wesley-we can locate within the patristic period heat and light for our personal day. Heartily recommended!"
--Michael A. G. Haykin
Professor of Church background and Biblical Spirituality
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"During the prior century and a part, evangelical scholarship and perform turns out to have ignored a lot of the richness of the ancient Church to the-inevitable-detriment of doctrinal and ecclesial readability and faithfulness. in additional contemporary many years, besides the fact that, lone voices have merged into what can simply be defined as a flourishing move of ressourcement that seeks to opposite the normal historic amnesia between Evangelicals and restoration the rightful courting among modern and diachronic Christianity. This number of essays is a crucial a part of this dialogue because it presents a couple of invaluable examples of that ressourcement. this can be a quantity that might be learn widely by means of either scholars and pastors because it can pay specific awareness to the modern software of old discussions-both ancients and moderns, in the end, we're united in our universal wish for faithfulness."
--George Kalantzis
Associate Professor of Theology
Wheaton College

Paul Hartog is affiliate Professor at religion Baptist Theological Seminary the place he teaches New testomony and Early Christian experiences. he's the writer of Polycarp and the recent testomony (2002) and diverse articles and essays.

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