Treasure in Earthen Vessels: The Church as a Human Community  -     By: James M. Gustafson
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Treasure in Earthen Vessels: The Church as a Human Community

Westminster John Knox Press / 2008 / Paperback

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When first published in 1961, Treasure in Earthen Vessels was hailed by H. Richard Niebuhr as "the first real sociology of the church." Here, James M. Gustafson examines the church as a human institution that must, and does, participate in the social structure of all human communities. His penetrating analysis remains an important contribution to the dialogue between the theological and social-scientific disciplines. Gustafson has written a new preface for this volume.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0664232965
ISBN-13: 9780664232962
Series: Library of Theological Ethics

Publisher's Description

When first published in 1961, Treasure in Earthen Vessels was hailed by H. Richard Niebuhr as "the first real sociology of the church." In this landmark work, James M. Gustafson examines the church as a human institution that must, and does, participate in the social structure of all human communities. His penetrating analysis remains an important contribution to the dialogue between the theological and social-scientific disciplines. Gustafson has written a new preface for this volume.

The Library of Theological Ethics series focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically. It presents a selection of important and otherwise unavailable texts in easily accessible form. Volumes in this series will enable sustained dialogue with predecessors though reflection on classic works in the field.

Author Bio

James M. Gustafson is one of the leading Christian ethicists of the last fifty years. Among his classic works are Christ and the Moral Life, Can Ethics Be Christian?, and his two volume Ethics from a Theocentric Perspective.

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“A path-breaking interpretation of the church that masterfully combines careful social analysis with rich theological insight.” — Douglas F. Ottati, Professor of Religion and Ethics, Davidson College

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