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Who Runs the Church?: 4 Views on Church Government (Counterpoints) [Paperback]

By Peter Toon (Author), Paul E. Engle (Editor) & Steven B. Cowan (Editor)
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Item description for Who Runs the Church?: 4 Views on Church Government (Counterpoints) by Peter Toon, Paul E. Engle & Steven B. Cowan...

In the acclaimed Counterpoints series of books contrasting multiple views, this book explores four different models of church government--their history, foundations, and practical implications.

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Churches have split and denominations have formed over the issue of church government. Yet while many Christians can explain their particular church s form of rule and may staunchly uphold it, few have a truly biblical understanding of it. What model for governing the church does the Bible provide? Is there room for different methods? Or is just one way the right way? In Who Runs the Church? Four predominant approaches to church government are presented by respected proponents: * Episcopalianism (Peter Toon) * Presbyterianism (L. Roy Taylor) * Single-Elder Congregationalism (Paige Patterson) * Plural-Elder Congregationalism (Samuel E. Waldron). As in other Counterpoints books, each view is followed by critiques from the other contributors, and its advocate then responds. The interactive and fair-minded nature of the Counterpoints format allows the reader to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed, personal conclusions."

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Series  Counterpoints  
ISBN  0310246075  
ISBN13  9780310246077  
UPC  025986246075  

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More About Peter Toon, Paul E. Engle & Steven B. Cowan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Toon (Ph.D., Oxford University) is rector of Christ Church, Biddulph Moor, Diocese of Lichfield, in the Church of England.

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Four views of church polity and the basis for each  Dec 27, 2004
One of the divisive matters in many churches today is the subject of church polity. In particular, what is the appropriate form of church government? In Who Runs the Church?: 4 Views on Church Government the editors compile the views of representatives of the four predominant types of church government. Just about every form of church government is some variation of one of these four. The four views discussed are Episcopalianism, Presbyterianism, Single-Elder Congregationalism, and Plural-Elder Congregationalism.

Arguing for Episcopalianism is Dr. Peter Toon, rector of Christ Church, Biddulph Moor, Diocese of Lichfield, in the Church of England. Arguing the position of Presbyterianism is Dr. L. Roy Taylor the clerk/coordinator of administration of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America. Presenting the position of Single-Elder Congregationalism is Dr. Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. And presenting the case for Plural-Elder Congregationalism is Samuel E. Waldron, Ph.D. candidate in systematic theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
A typical chapter starts with one of them presenting their position on their chosen form of church government and why it is the most appropriate one. This presentation is then followed by commentary by each of the people with differing views.

Each presents their case with passion and argues it well. If you want to understand why some churches choose one form of government or why others feel that position is wrong you will find excellent explanations in this book. Who Runs the Church? 4 Views on Church Government is highly recommended to anyone interested in this area.

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