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The Church: Sacraments, Worship, Ministry, Mission (Christian Foundations) [Paperback]

By Donald G. Bloesch (Author)
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In this volume, Donald Bloesch explores with charity and balance the contours of ecclesiology. He forthrightly takes up the most controversial of issues ranging from matters of church authority, the sacraments and worship, the church's place in the plan of salvation, the church and the kingdom of God, to the issue of church reunion. Evangelical in spirit, ecumenical in breadth and biblical in depth, Bloesch's theology of the church calls for reformation and renewal according to the Word and Spirit of God.

Donald G. Bloesch (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He has done postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, T|bingen and Basel and has written numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer and Freedom for Obedience. He is also a past president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.

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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Pages   351
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.84" Width: 6.62" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   1.13 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
Series  Christian Foundations  
ISBN  0830827560  
ISBN13  9780830827565  

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Donald G. Bloesch (1928 2010) was a noted American evangelical theologian. From 1957 until his retirement in 1992, he was a professor of theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, where he continued as a professor emeritus. For more than forty years, he published scholarly yet accessible works that generally defend traditional Protestant beliefs and practices while seeking to remain in the mainstream of modern Protestant theological thought. He characterized himself a progressive evangelical or Ecumenical orthodox, criticizing the excesses of both the theological left and right. Bloesch s pietistic background and personal spiritual life lay at the heart of understanding his theology.


Donald G. Bloesch was born in 1928 and died in 2010.

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Bloesch adds another volume: The Church  Dec 30, 2002
Another challenging addition to Bloesch's growing work on the theology of Word and Spirit is his recent volume on the Church. The volume addresses many of the traditional areas of ecclesiology including the meaning, scope, authority, and composition of the church. But Bloesch is also exercised about current issues facing the church and critiques areas such as open theism, the concerns of feminists, and the dearth of theology in the modern church. His critique of contemporary worship is surprising and insightful. As with previous volumes Bloesch's ability to incorporate material from a wide range of sources and traditions makes the book an interesting and challenging read.
The volume leans more on historical theology and less on biblical and exegetical theology. At times the author appears to overstate his case (women could, on occasion, inherit property) to make his point. Throughout the work, Bloesch is clear on the importance of the gospel message and the claims of Christ but looks for ways to stretch the boundaries between very diverse groups in the Christian tradition. His assessment of 19th and 20th century movements and trends provides helpful background for the calls he issues to the present generation church. While I do not identify with many positions of the author I heartily recommend this book for those seeking information on the many and diverse issues facing the church today.
Vintage Bloesch  Nov 10, 2002
This is the sixth volume of the projected seven volume series by Prof. Donald Bloesch in his "Christian Foundations" series. Prof. Bloesch is something of a neo-evangelical or "post-fundamentalist" theologian in the Reformed tradition.

Although this series is billed as a "systematic theology," it is a somewhat unusual series of works. While Prof. Bloesch cites Scripture, his general approach is to pick a topic, state what others have said, and then set forth his own opinion. Generally his views fall within the ecumenical "vital center," but with a bias toward Reformed theology. His mentors are thinkers such as Barth, Torrance, and Forsythe. Unfortunately, he doesn't interact with more conservative Reformed thinkers.

This study of ecclesiology is fairly comprehensive, and includes sections and the sacraments, ministry, ecumenicalism and other key topics. There is an excellent chapter on worship, which defends traditional worship against more modern approaches. On the other hand, Prof. Bloesch supports the ordination of women and has moderately higher-critical views of Scripture. (Prof. Bloesch concedes in the introduction that he has been called a liberal by some conservatives.)

If you want to learn about "Christian foundations" a better place to start would be with Tom Oden's three volume systematic theology and some of the introductory works of Alister McGrath. From a Roman Catholic point of view, Ott's Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma and the Catechism of the Catholic Church are good as well.


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