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This work examines the nature of authority in the Christian Church through analysis of major reform movements of the 16th Century and major ecumenical documents of the 20th Century. Authority in the Church begins with a probing historical analysis of authority as expressed in five competing ecclesial models of the 16th Century: Martin Luther, John Calvin, the Anabaptists, Thomas Cranmer, and the Council of Trent. It follows this analysis with a theological evaluation of authority in the church as expressed in the ecumenical conversations between the Catholic and Protestant traditions in the 20th Century. This approach employs a hermeneutic method in which the historical analysis proceeds from the vantage point of 20th Century ecumenical conversations and issues raised in the sixteenth century debates inform the theological analysis. Out of this interaction, Downton proposes a three-fold model of authority comprised of textual, existential, and ministerial aspects as a common framework for engaging the issue of authority productively in ecumenical context.
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Studio: University Press of America
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date May 28, 2006
Publisher University Press of America
ISBN 0761834249 ISBN13 9780761834243
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More About R. Keelan Downton & Howard John Loewen
R. Keelan Downton is the Faith and Order Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Council of Churches of Christ USA. He received his Ph.D. in Church History from Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland.