An Introducton to Ecclesiology: Ecumenical, Historical & Global PerspectivesAn Introducton to Ecclesiology: Ecumenical, Historical & Global Perspectives
Veli-Matti Karkkainen
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Jesus promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against his church---but what is his church? An Introduction to Ecclesiology: Ecumenical, Historical & Global Perspectives offers an up-to-date survey/analysis of the major ecclesiastical traditions and their most influential theologians, as well as newer contextual approaches. Drawing on his international experience and research, Fuller Seminary professor Veli-Matti Karkkainen skillfully charts the varied terrain of Christian belief and practice. 238 pages, softcover, InterVarsity.

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Introduction: The Role of Ecclesiology in (Systematic) Theology

Part 1: Ecclesiological Traditions

1. The Church as an Icon of the Trinity: Eastern Orthodox Ecclesiology

2. The Church as the People of God: Roman Catholic Ecclesiology

3. The Church as Just and Sinful: Lutheran Ecclesiology

4. The Church as Covenant: Reformed Ecclesiology

5. The Church as the Fellowship of Believers: Free Church Ecclesiologies

6. The Church in the Power of the Spirit: Pentecostal/Charismatic Ecclesiologies

7. The Church as One: The Ecumenical Movement Ecclesiologies

Part 2: Leading Contemporary Ecclesiologists

8. John Zizioulas: Communion Ecclesiology

9. Hans Küng: Charismatic Ecclesiology

10. Wolfhart Pannenberg: Universal Ecclesiology

11. Jürgen Moltmann: Messianic Ecclesiology

12. Miroslav Volf: Participatory Ecclesiology

13. James McClendon Jr: Baptist Ecclesiology

14. Lesslie Newbigin: Missionary Ecclesiology

Concluding Reflections on Leading Ecclesiologists

Part 3: Contextual Ecclesiologies

15. The Non-Church Movement in Asia

16. Base Ecclesial Communities in Latin America

17. The Feminist Church

18. African Independent Churches' Ecclesiology

19. The Shepherding Movement's Renewal Ecclesiology

20. "A World Church"

21. The Post-Christian Church as "Another City"

Epilogue: Ecclesiological Challenges for the Third Millennium

Names Index

Subject Index