Ancient Faith for the Church's Future, Edited byMark Husbands and Jeffrey P. Greenman

Ancient Faith for the Church's Future

Wheaton Theology Conference Series

Edited by Mark Husbands and Jeffrey P. Greenman

Ancient Faith for the Church's Future
  • Length: 272 pages
  • Published: March 24, 2008
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2881
  • ISBN: 9780830828814

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Mark Husbands and Jeffrey P. Greenman bring together select essays from the 2007 Wheaton Theology Conference, Ancient Faith for the Church's Future demonstrates the vitality and significance of the early church for contemporary Christian witness and practice. These fourteen essays provide for a significant evangelical ressourcement by considering the importance of the thought and practice of the patristic church especially for our (1) interpreting Scripture, (2) engaging in missional witness through hospitality, social justice and evangelism, (3) renewing our worship and prayer, (4) grasping afresh our salvation through Jesus Christ, and (5) authentically engaging our surrounding culture. Fresh and forward-looking, this book leads the way toward a deeply rooted church that points beyond contemporary evangelical accommodation to civil religion, privatism and enlightenment methodologies toward its true vocation to bear vital witness to God's present and coming kingdom.

Contributors include

  • Christopher A. Hall
  • Brian E. Daley, S.J.
  • D. H. Williams
  • Michael Graves
  • Peter J. Leithart
  • Nicholas Perrin
  • Christine Pohl
  • George Kalantzis
  • Alan Kreider
  • John Witvliet
  • Paul I. Kim
  • D. Stephen Long
  • Jason Byassee

"Articles are scholarly, insightful, and touch on a wide variety of topics: patristic exegesis, social ethics in the early church, worship, Christology, and emergent Christianity. The anthology succeeds in delivering several outstanding specimens of evangelical ressourcement theology. . . Informative, creative, and disciplined, this anthology is a must read for anyone interested in the continued development of the evangelical ressourcement movement."

Jonathan J. Armstrong, Calvin Theological Journal, November 2010



Mark Husbands

Part One- Evangelical Ressourcement
Retrieving the Past with Integrity

1. Tradition, Authority, Magisterium
Dead End or New Horizon?
Christopher A. Hall

2. Old Books and Contemporary Faith
The Bible, Tradition and the Renewal of Theology
Brian E. Daley, S.J.

3. Similis Et Dissimilis
Gauging Our Expectations of the Early Fathers
D.H. Williams

Part Two- Reading Scripture
The Setting and Promise of Patistic Exegesis

4. The "Pagan" Background of Patristic Exegetical Methods
Michael Graves

5. The Quadriga or Something Like It
A Biblical and Pastoral Defense
Peter J. Leithart

6. Irenaeus and Lyotard Against Heresies, Ancient and Modern
Nicolas Perrin

Part Three--The Social Practices of the Early Church
Missional Witness

7. Hospitality
Ancient Resources and Contemporary Challenges
Christine D. Pohl

8. Crumbs from the Table
Lazarus, the Eucharist and the Banquet of the Poor in the Homilies of John Chrysostom
George Kalantzis

9. "They Alone Know the Right Way to Live"
The Early Church and Evangelism
Alan Kreider

Part Four- Theology of the Early Church
Worship, Christology and Politics

10. Embodying the Wisdom of Ancient Liturgical Practices
Some Old-Fashioned Rudimentary Euchology for the Contemporary Church
John D. Witvliet

11. Apatheia and Atonement
Cyril of Alexandria and the Contemporary Grammar of Salvation
Paul I. Kim

12. Two Augustinianisms
Augustinian Realism and the Other City
D. Stephen Long

Epilogue--A Forward Glance
Emergent Christianity

13. Emerging from What, Going Where?
Emerging Churches and Ancient Christianity
Jason Byassee

Name Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


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Mark Husbands

Mark Husbands (PhD, University of St. Michael's College) is Leonard and Marjorie Maas Associate Professor of Reformed Theology at Hope College. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA, and at Tyndale College and Seminary and Sheridan College in Toronto. While a master's student at Wycliffe College at the Toronto School of Theology, he was senior editor of Prolegomena, an academic journal in theology.

Professor Husband's academic work demonstrates a serious engagement with the work of Barth, Calvin, Luther, and Jüngel and extends to a consideration of reconciliation, theological anthropology, and political theology. He is the author of the monograph Barth's Ethics of Prayer and Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. He and Daniel J. Treier are editors of Justification: What's at Stake in the Recent Debates published by IVP. He is also editor of Theology and the End of Modernity: Essays in Conversation with Reginald Stackhouse and with Philip G. Ziegler co-edited Essays Catholic and Critical. Husbands is also the editor of The Community of the Word.

Jeffrey P. Greenman (PhD, University of Virginia) is academic dean and associate professor of theology and ethics at Regent College in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is coauthor of Unwearied Praises: Exploring Christian Faith Through Classic Hymns and Understanding Jacques Ellul. He is coeditor of numerous books including The Sermon on the Mount Through the Centuries, Reading Romans Through the Centuries: From the Early Church to Karl Barth and The Decalogue Through the Centuries: From the Hebrew Scriptures to Benedict XIV. Greenman is a member of the Society of Christian Ethics and the American Academy of Religion.